Commonwealth Policy Center

Remember when Governor Beshear released 1,706 inmates from prison due to COVID concerns? The inmates had to meet certain criteria for release. But now, according to a recent report, 48% of them have now been charged for committing crimes. Rep. Jason Nemes (R-Louisville) wants Governor Beshear to apologize to the families affected by these criminals. Nemes said, “There are new families today that are suffering from being a victim that they didn’t have to be.” Beshear attempted to stem the health crisis in our prisons, but he short-circuited the process of justice and released people who didn’t complete their sentences—people who weren’t prepared to adjust back to civil society. Beshear’s executive decisions during the pandemic weren’t fully thought through and now they’ve caused greater problems for Kentucky.