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PNS Daily Newscast - August 16, 2017 


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Public News Service - KY: Juvenile Justice

A judge in a Kentucky murder case has made a pretrial ruling that the prosecutor can not seek the death penalty because the defendant was younger than 21 at the time of the crime. (Greg Stotelmyer)

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- A Kentucky judge has issued a pretrial order in a Lexington murder case that could have an impact on the minimum age for the death penalty across the country. The U.S. Supreme Court established 18 as the minimum age in 2005, but since then there has been mounting scientific evide

Kentucky Senate Judiciary Chair Whitney Westerfield is pushing legislation aimed at reducing disparities in how minority youth are treated by the juvenile-justice system. (LRC Public Information)

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Legislation aimed at addressing the disparities in how Kentucky treats minority youth is on the Senate Judiciary Committee's agenda for Thursday. The Senate Judiciary chair Whitney Westerfield has filed Senate Bill 20 that he says will collect "consistent" data on age, gende

There is no age limit in Kentucky for when a child in trouble can be sent to court. Advocates want that changed, with a focus on options outside the court system. (Greg Stotelmyer)

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- Youth advocates say court is no place for young kids who get in trouble. In fact, they say, it can do more harm than good. But, Kentucky does not have a minimum age requirement to determine when children can be sent to court. According to a report from Kentucky Youth Advocates, b

Juvenile justice reform has led to fewer Kentucky kids incarcerated in youth prisons. (Pixabay)

FRANKFORT, Ky. - Kentucky Justice and Public Safety Cabinet Secretary John Tilley said putting kids in a prison cell is not the answer most of the time. He said he agrees with a new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, which makes the case for closing youth prisons across the country because t

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

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

Increasing state support for kinship care is a key recommendation in a new foster care issue brief from Kentucky Youth Advocates. Credit Greg Stotelmyer

JEFFERSONTOWN, Ky. - A leading child advocacy group in Kentucky wants the state to lift its moratorium on new enrollments in its Kinship Care Program so more financial support can go to relatives caring for children who have been removed from their parents. That is one of the recommendations in a n

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