Commonwealth Policy Center

A group of Republican lawmakers in Louisville have announced the Safer Kentucky Act. It’s a plan to crack down on crime and update Kentucky’s criminal code. The act increases the penalties for the lethal drug fentanyl, attempted murder, and vandalism—all on the rise in Louisville. The Safer Kentucky Act also targets repeat felons through a “three strikes” law. A third felony conviction would lead to a life sentence in prison. The bill’s sponsor, Rep. Jared Bauman (R-Louisville) said that many of his constituents have seen crime increase and don’t feel safe in their own neighborhoods. Bauman is a Republican who unseated a long tenured moderate Democrat who likely suffered under his party’s “defund the police” push. Now it appears to be Republican’s turn to set public safety policy in our biggest cities.