Commonwealth Policy Center

Gov. Andy Beshear is launching two new programs to help prisoners transition back into civilian life and find work as they become members of society. Beshear said that [his] “faith teaches [him] that there are second chances in this life and that we are all our brothers’ and sisters’ keepers.” Kentucky Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Ashli Watts joined Beshear and said there are more than 160,000 available jobs, but less than 80,000 people actively looking for a career, which is two available jobs for every one person. Helping to transition prisoners who have served their debt to society to gain the skills necessary to join the workforce is laudable. But it would be helpful to begin with looking at other government policies that disincentivize people from joining the workforce.