Chief justice: Cuts could put 17,000 awaiting trial in jail

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky’s chief justice says proposed budget cuts would mean the judicial system would likely send 17,000 defendants back to county jails because there would be no officers to supervise them while they are awaiting trial.

Kentucky Chief Justice John Minton told the Senate Appropriations and Revenue Committee that proposed budget cuts from Republican Gov. Matt Bevin and House Democrats would cost 600 jobs. He urged senators to reject the proposed 9 percent cuts over the next two years, calling on lawmakers to do the right thing.

In an unusually candid speech, Minton told lawmakers he was done being cool and calm. He told lawmakers that whatever hair he has left is on fire.

Committee Chairman Sen. Chris McDaniel said lawmakers are discussing how to handle Minton’s request.


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