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Public News Service - KY: Civil Rights

A chance at a clean slate at age 18 for nonviolent juvenile offenders is the idea behind a proposal in the Kentucky Legislature. (Greg Stotelmyer)

FRANKFORT, Ky. - Giving Kentucky youth who have committed a nonviolent offense a clean slate when they turn 18 is the idea behind a new bill in the Kentucky Senate. Young people who committed violent or sex crimes would not be eligible. But Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advoc

Legislation to help protect renters across Kentucky by standardizing landlord-tenant leases statewide goes before a House committee today. (Greg Stotelmyer)

FRANKFORT, Ky. - A handful of communities in the Bluegrass State, including Kentucky's two largest cities, have adopted a law to help protect renters. Known as URLTA, short for the Uniform Residential Landlord and Tenant Act, it clarifies the legal responsibilities of both landlords and renters in

Dating couples in Kentucky can now seek emergency civil protections from intimate-partner violence. (Greg Stotelmyer)

LEXINGTON, Ky. – A new Kentucky law extending civil protections from violence to dating couples took effect Jan. 1. Now, the challenge is making sure those who need the new type of protection, an Interpersonal Protective Order (IPO), know how to get it. Guidelines have been put in place to

Kentucky lawmakers on the House Judiciary Committee will hear testimony Wednesday at the state capital on a bill to abolish the death penalty. (Greg Stotelmyer)

FRANKFORT, Ky. - A bill to abolish the death penalty in Kentucky will get a hearing before the House Judiciary Committee Wednesday. Supporters of the legislation say it's a sign of growing support for outlawing executions because bills to stop capital punishment haven't received a vote in the Kentu

A leader in the conservative movement against the death penalty says support for abolishing the law is gaining momentum in Kentucky, and cost is a big reason. (Greg Stotelmyer)

FRANKFORT, Ky. – As Kentucky lawmakers begin putting together a new state budget – with massive cuts proposed by the governor – people opposed to the death penalty say their stance makes fiscal sense. Last October, self-described political and social conservatives in northern Ken

A bill that proposes restoring voting rights to nonviolent offenders who have served their time has cleared a committee in the Kentucky House. (Greg Stotelmyer)

FRANKFORT, Ky. - An effort to automatically restore voting rights to nonviolent offenders who have served their time has, once again, sailed out of committee in the Kentucky House to an uncertain fate. The idea has cleared the full House every year since 2007, but has been repeatedly blocked in the

State Rep. Joni Jenkins is sponsoring a bill to allow victims of domestic and dating violence to legally break a lease to leave a dangerous situation. (LRC Public Information)

FRANKFORT, Ky. - A bill filed in the Kentucky House would give victims of domestic and dating violence the ability to legally break their home or apartment lease as they leave a dangerous situation. The sponsor of House Bill 41, Rep. Joni Jenkins (D-Shively), says the legislation will be heard in th

A juvenile expert calls on Kentucky to put reasonable limits on solitary confinement of juveniles. (Greg Stotelmyer)

FRANKFORT, Ky. - A juvenile-justice expert in Kentucky says it's "not smart" that 10 states, including Kentucky, do not limit how much time juvenile offenders can be punished in solitary confinement. That failure to limit punitive isolation is a key finding in a new report generated by pro bono wor

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