Title

Kentucky's Perpetual Prisoner Machine: It's about Money

Document Type

Article

Language

eng

Format of Original

14 p.

Publication Date

1-2004

Publisher

Wiley

Source Publication

Review of Policy Research

Source ISSN

1541-132X

Original Item ID

doi: 10.1111/j.1541-1338.2004.00060.x

Abstract

Kentucky is currently facing a severe budget crisis and is seeking ways to lower its prison and community corrections costs. This article focuses on our study of the prison and parole experience of men and women in Kentucky. What we found is a virtual “perpetual incarceration machine” where prisoners are recycled from prison to parole and back to prison. The following discussion includes: Kentucky's prison population continues to grow, parole failure, methods, description of interview samples, interview data, the structure producing parole failure, and Kentucky's perpetual incarceration mechine. Based on our findings, several promising reforms are recommended that if implemented would serve to reduce the prison population and the rate of parole failure.

Comments

Review of Policy Research, Vol. 21, No. 1 (January 2004): 93-106. DOI.