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Kentucky's New DOC Commissioner Talks Recidivism And Stress Of Overcrowding
By wkyufm.org- Becca Schimmel
Published: 05/21/2018

Kentucky’s new Department of Corrections commissioner says one of his top priorities is reducing recidivism.

Jim Erwin said 34 of Kentucky’s jails and prisons are about 140 to 300 percent over capacity. Erwin said the opioid crisis is a major reason behind the overcrowding. He said the department is seeing an increase in people violating their parole for technical violations driven by drug use.

“We are basically the largest substance abuse treatment provider in the state. The department of corrections is,” he told WKU Public Radio.

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