State of Justice: The Criminal Justice System in Eastern Kentucky

Series produced by Rae Garringer

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This series on carceral issues in eastern Kentucky was produced by Rae Garringer and Amelia Kirby with support from the Foundation for Appalachian Kentucky and a grant from Vera Institute of Justice.

This series on carceral issues in eastern Kentucky was produced by Rae Garringer and Amelia Kirby with the support of the Foundation for Appalachian Kentucky and a grant from Vera Institute of Justice. The pieces were produced between July 2020-April 2021 and aired on WMMT 88.7fm out of Whitesburg, KY and WEKU 88.9fm out of Richmond, KY.


11 Pieces

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Domestic and intimate partner violence are strongly linked to incarceration of women, and queer and trans people in the U.S. In this piece we dig ...

  • Added: Apr 13, 2021
  • Length: 08:27
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When many people think about rural county jails they don’t think about the federal government. But jails across the United States enter into contr...

  • Added: Apr 09, 2021
  • Length: 12:45
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Despite national trends towards decarceration, Kentucky continues to have one of the highest incarceration rates in the country. The result, is th...

  • Added: Apr 08, 2021
  • Length: 09:26
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The 2021 Kentucky Legislative Session is in full swing, and criminal justice reform advocates statewide are watching the progress of the Dignity Bi...

  • Added: Feb 24, 2021
  • Length: 06:00
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There are a variety of criminal justice reform bills up for consideration in the 2021 legislative session in Kentucky, including the KEES Bill whic...

  • Added: Feb 24, 2021
  • Length: 07:28
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Kentucky is applying for a Medicaid Waiver that would allow the state to use federal Medicaid dollars to treat substance use disorder inside KY Jai...

  • Added: Jan 21, 2021
  • Length: 05:34
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Formerly incarcerated people and their advocates in Kentucky have launched a statewide campaign called Liberation Identification. Their goal is to...

  • Added: Jan 21, 2021
  • Length: 05:03
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In late October 2020, a coalition of organizations across Kentucky launched a statewide campaign called #LiberationIdentification. They want the K...

  • Added: Jan 21, 2021
  • Length: 04:38
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A piece that digs into the economics of jails and prisons in eastern Kentucky. We hear interviews with professors Gregory Hooks (McMaster Universi...

  • Added: Jan 21, 2021
  • Length: 15:22
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KY is one of only 2 states in the nation that imposes a lifetime ban on voting for all with felony convictions. In December 2019 Governor Andy Bes...

  • Added: Jan 21, 2021
  • Length: 09:04
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A piece about the challenges of re-entry post-incarceration during Covid-19, and how the Rowan County Re-entry Program - based in Morehead, KY- is...

  • Added: Jan 21, 2021
  • Length: 09:20