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PNS Daily Newscast - March 20, 2019 


Joe Biden tells supporters he intends to run in the 2020 presidential election. Also, on the Wednesday rundown: A landmark bill in California would ban toxic chemicals in cosmetics; and, groups sue to end disease-spreading elk feeding.

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Public News Service - KY: Criminal Justice

The Kentucky State Penitentiary complex in Eddyville, Ky., holds more than 850 people and has been in operation since the 1880s. (Wikimedia Commons)

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Researchers are following 230 Kentuckians who either are incarcerated or have recently been released, as part of a national program designed to help people transition back into society after serving their time. By working with local corrections departments and community-base

Kentuckians with felony convictions who have served their time are demanding the right to vote. (Kentuckians for the Commonwealth/Flickr)

FRANKFORT, Ky. – People with felonies in their past are rallying in Frankfort today, calling on Gov. Matt Bevin to return voting rights to people who have been convicted of felonies. More than 300,000 Kentuckians can't vote because of a felony conviction, according to the latest report from t

Death-penalty opponents say not only does capital punishment cost more than a life sentence, a wrongful execution can't be reversed. (Jason Rosenberg/Flickr)

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Conservatives historically are pegged as champions of the death penalty, but some say there's growing momentum to change that narrative. Hannah Cox, national manager of the group Conservatives Concerned About the Death Penalty, will make the conservative case against capital

In 2018, 25 people were executed in the United States, a record low for the fourth year in a row.<br />(PublicDomainPictures/Pixabay)

FRANKFORT, Ky. - A bill that would end capital punishment is among the first items of business for Kentucky lawmakers who began their new session on Tuesday. House Bill 115 was introduced by Rep. Chad McCoy, R-Nelson. Aaron Bentley, who chairs the Kentucky Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty, c

Eileen Rektenwald, who heads the Kentucky Association of Sexual Assault Programs, speaks at The Ending Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Conference in Lexington. (KCADV)

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Kentucky advocates for sexual and domestic assault survivors are gathering in Lexington to reflect on their successes of the year, and examine what's needed in the future. The three-day Ending Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Conference wraps up today with special awards

There are at least 30 people on death row at the Kentucky State Penitentiary. (Midnight Believer/Flickr)

HAZARD, Ky. — Convicted of a crime he didn't commit, Gary Drinkard spent six years on death row before the truth was revealed. And today, he's in Kentucky to talk about his experience. Drinkard was sentenced to the death for a 1993 Alabama murder, and was eventually exonerated due to prosecu

A Kentucky state senator says prisons are ill-equipped to handle the recent rise in the female population. (Pixabay)

FRANKFORT, Ky. - A Kentucky lawmaker is hopeful that a bill that would help improve outcomes for women in prison soon will be approved by the House. Sen. Julie Raque Adams, R-Louisville, co-sponsored Senate Bill 133, which she said would address unfavorable conditions for women in prison, including

Kentucky has the second-highest rate of children who have a parent serving time. (Daniel Vanderkin/Pixabay)

FRANKFORT, Ky. — Growing up with a mom or dad behind bars is a reality for almost 33,000 kids in Kentucky, and a report released today examines ways to reduce the impacts of parental incarceration on these children. An issue brief from Kentucky Youth Advocates and the Blueprint for Kentucky'

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