State Criminal Justice Profile

Kentucky

BJA Investments

In Fiscal Year 2014, BJA provided more than $5 million* in state and local funds to Kentucky.

Justice Assistance Grant Program—State Formula $2,218,794
Justice Assistance Grant Program—14 Local Awards $1,034,429
Other Direct Discretionary Funds $2,718,391

Source: Bureau of Justice Assistance
*This amount does not include funding for national training and technical assistance programs that benefit all states and territories.

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Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program—State Formula

Grantee Name GMS Project Period Project Title GMS Award Amount
Kentucky Justice and Public Safety Cabinet 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 Kentucky 2014 JAG Program $2,218,794

Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program—Local Awards

Grantee Name GMS Project Period Project Title GMS Award Amount
Christian County Fiscal Court 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 Christian County and Hopkinsville City FY 2014 JAG Project $19,392
City of Ashland 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 Ashland-Boyd County Technology, Communications, and Equipment Upgrade $10,391
City of Bowling Green 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 Bowling Green City and Warren County FY 2014 JAG Project $26,131
City of Florence 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 Equipment Officer Safety Project $11,574
City of Newport 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 FY 2014 JAG Program $10,442
City of Owensboro 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 Owensboro City and Daviess County FY 2014 JAG Project $20,215
City of Paducah 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 Mobile Radio Replacement Project $13,117
City of Radcliff 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 Hardin County and City of Radcliff JAG Projects $14,660
City of Shively 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 FY 2014 JAG Program $13,323
Franklin County 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 Franklin City and Franklin County FY 2014 JAG Project $16,152
Kenton County Fiscal Court 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 Kenton County and Covington City FY 2014 JAG Project $41,202
Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 Lexington-Fayette Urban County FY 2014 JAG Project $213,624
Louisville-Jefferson County Metro Government 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 Louisville-Jefferson County FY 2014 JAG Project $607,437
Madison County Fiscal Court 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 Madison County and Richmond City FY 2014 JAG Project $16,769

Other Direct Discretionary Funds

Grantee Name GMS Project Period Project Title GMS Award Amount
Kentucky Administrative Office of the Courts 10/01/2014 – 09/30/2017 Muhlenberg County Drug Court Enhancement Project $300,000
Kentucky Administrative Office of the Courts 10/01/2014 – 09/30/2016 Shepherd House/Drug Court Enhancement Project $200,000
Kentucky Administrative Office of the Courts 10/01/2014 – 09/30/2016 UNITE/Drug Court Enhancement Project $200,000
Kentucky Administrative Office of the Courts 10/01/2014 – 09/30/2017 38th Judicial Circuit DUI Court $349,821
Kentucky Administrative Office of the Courts 10/01/2014 – 09/30/2017 Fayette County Veterans Treatment Court $350,000
Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority 10/01/2014 – 09/30/2015 Kentucky FY 2014 John R. Justice Program $32,834
Kentucky Justice and Public Safety Cabinet 10/01/2014 – 09/30/2016 2014 Kentucky Zero Tolerance Cultures—Adult and Juvenile $500,000
Kentucky Justice and Public Safety Cabinet 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 2014 Kentucky Residential Substance Abuse Treatment for State Prisoners (RSAT) Program $147,047
Kentucky Justice and Public Safety Cabinet 10/01/2014 – 09/30/2015 2014 Kentucky Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) Reallocation Funds $79,600
Kentucky Justice and Public Safety Cabinet 08/01/2012 – 07/31/2015 2014 Kentucky Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA) Project $159,200
University of Kentucky Research Foundation 10/01/2014 – 03/31/2016 Data-Driven Multidisciplinary Approaches to Reducing the Prescription Drug Abuse in Kentucky $399,889

Law Enforcement Agencies and Officers

Law Enforcement Agencies: 306

Sworn Officers: 7,092

City     County     Tribal     State     Other

Source: FBI Uniform Crime Report (2013)

  • More than 88% of the 306 law enforcement agencies in Kentucky have 50 or fewer sworn officers.
  • Nearly 52% of sworn officers work for agencies with 100 or more officers.

Officer Fatalities and Assaults

Between 2004 and 2013, 6 officers were feloniously killed (1 in 2013) and 5 officers were accidentally killed in the line of duty. In 2013, 738 officers were assaulted (1.48% of all officers assaulted in the United States).

Crime Trends

According to the FBI Annual Report, nationwide violent crime in 2013 decreased more than 4% from the 2012 estimates. Below are the current crime trends for Kentucky:

Crime 2012 2013 %
Violent Crime 9,752 9,222 -5.4
Murder and Manslaughter 195 167 -14.4
Forcible Rape* 1,272 2,737 N/A
Robbery 3,535 3,246 -8.2
Aggravated Assault 4,750 4,198 -11.6
Property Crime 111,826 103,857 -7.1
Burglary 29,587 26,213 -11.4
Larceny-Theft 75,571 71,612 -5.2
Motor Vehicle Theft 6,668 6,032 -9.5
*Agencies within this state submitted rape data according to both the revised UCR definition of rape and the legacy UCR definition of rape.

Arrest Data

In 2013, total arrests (178,212) decreased 0.68% from 2012. Violent-crime arrests decreased 0.46% (3,687), and property-related arrests increased 4.49% (22,506).
Source: FBI Uniform Crime Reports

Court Structure

Court of Last Resort:    Supreme Court
Intermediate Appellate:    Court of Appeals
General Jurisdiction:    Circuit Court
Limited Jurisdiction:    District Court

Corrections

Prisoner Admissions: 15,834
Prisoner Releases: 16,871
Total Prisoners: 21,030

Source: Bureau of Justice Statistics (2013)

Major Correctional Facilities: 12
Recidivism Rate*: 29.5%
Top Offenses: Violent, property, drug (FY 2013)

Source: Kentucky Department of Corrections
*An individual’s return to the custody of the Department of Corrections within 2 years of release from a state institution or contract facility by parole, shock probation or completion of sentence. This does not include federal convictions, convictions in other states or convictions in Kentucky where the person is probated and not incarcerated.

Regional Informations Sharing Systems® (RISS)

The Regional Organized Crime Information Center (ROCIC), a RISS Center, serves Kentucky. There are 123 Kentucky criminal justice agencies that are members of ROCIC.
Source: Regional Information Sharing Systems

Seal of Kentucky

Highlights

In Kentucky, Byrne JAG state funding has assisted with numerous innovative initiatives and supports:

  • A drug counselor position for a male residential substance abuse treatment program, part of Operation UNITE in Eastern Kentucky. Operation UNITE works to rid communities of illegal drug use by conducting undercover narcotics investigations, coordinating treatment for substance abusers, providing support to families and friends of substance abusers, and educating the public on the dangers of drug use.

  • Gender-specific reentry services through Chrysalis House, a behavioral health agency. Chrysalis House works with female offenders who have young children. The organization, which provides behavioral health services, focuses on family reunification, working with offenders and their children before and after release. Services include, for example, housing, case management, medical care, counseling, workshops, and resources for educational needs.

Source: National Criminal Justice Association

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State Administering Agency (SAA)

Kentucky Justice and Public Safety Cabinet John Tilley, Secretary
http://justice.ky.gov/

Kentucky At-A-Glance

Total Population: 4,395,295
Population Under 18: 1,014,004
Population Over 65: 634,252

Source: U.S. Census (2013 est.)

State Investigative Agency:
Kentucky Office of the Attorney General Jack Conway, Attorney General

Local Governments: 1,338
Source: U.S. Census (2012)

Federally Recognized Tribes: 0
Source: Bureau of Indian Affairs

U.S. Attorneys’ Offices: Kerry B. Harvey—Eastern District of Kentucky, Lexington John E. Kuhn, Jr.—Western District of Kentucky, Louisville Source: U.S. Department of Justice

Homeland Security Agency: Kentucky Office of Homeland Security Gene Kiser, Executive Director http://homelandsecurity.ky.gov

Drug Courts: 96
Source: National Drug Court Resource Center