FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Governor Beshear, Lawmakers, and Advocates to Participate in Signing of Reentry and Dignity Bills, Celebration of April as Second Chance Month
Frankfort, KY — Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear, State Representative Kim Moser of Taylor Mill, and members of the Kentucky Smart on Crime Coalition will participate in a virtual bill signing ceremony for HB 497, legislation that removes barriers to reentry for those exiting the corrections system. The participants will also speak about Second Chance Month, affirming the Commonwealth’s support for removing the unnecessary barriers that prevent those with a criminal record from becoming productive members of society.
Senate Majority Caucus Chair Julie Raque Adams of Louisville will join advocates for the signing of her SB 84, dubbed “Dignity Bill II”, legislation aimed at providing pregnant people in incarceration the necessary resources for a safe and healthy pregnancy.
- Andy Beshear, Governor of Kentucky
- Kim Moser, State Representative, Taylor Mill
- Amanda Hall, policy strategist, ACLU of KY on behalf of Kentucky Smart on Crime
- Marcus Ray, president, NAACP Kentucky State Conference on behalf of Kentucky Smart on Crime
- Julie Raque Adams, Senator Majority Caucus Chair
- Jackie McGranahan, policy strategist, ACLU of Kentucky
- Josh Crawford, executive director, Pegasus Institute
House Bill 479 and SB 84 Bill Signing Ceremony & Celebration of Second Chances Month
Friday, April 9, 2021, 2:00 p.m. ET
Webinar is open to media. Email Tyler Glick for registration information. Live stream of bill signing will be available on the ACLU of Kentucky's Facebook page here.
Learn more about HB497 and SB84 here.
About Kentucky Smart on Crime:
Kentucky Smart on Crime is a broad-based coalition working for common sense justice reforms that proactively address individual and systemic racial disparities and inequities, improve public health, enhance public safety, strengthen communities and promote cost-effective sentencing alternatives. Partner organizations include American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky, Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, Bluegrass Institute for Public Policy Solutions, Kentucky Center for Economic Policy, Kentucky Council of Churches, Catholic Conference of Kentucky, Kentucky Association of Sexual Assault Programs, Inc., Kentucky Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Kentucky Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Kentucky Youth Advocates, Volunteers of America Mid-States, Inc., NAACP Kentucky, Kentucky Criminal Justice Forum, and United Way of Kentucky. For more information, visit: kysmartoncrime.com or @kysmartoncrime on Twitter.