The Kentucky Legislature’s Interim Joint Committee on Judiciary is set to meet this Friday, June 3. On the committee’s agenda: Problems relating to jailing of status offenders in Kentucky and other juvenile law matters.
(1) analyze restorative justice programs in Montana and determine which programs are most effective at rehabilitating offenders and identify any weaknesses or gaps in Montana’s programs;
(2) investigate restorative justice options implemented in other states and nations and identify programs that emphasize restitution and the rehabilitation of nonviolent offenders as an alternative to incarceration;
(3) gather information from national experts and explore methods of measuring the effectiveness of restorative justice programs in terms of reducing recidivism and return rates of offenders, decreasing the potential for future victimization of Montana citizens, and reducing general fund expenditures related to incarceration;
(4) develop recommendations on which programs in Montana should be retained and how restorative justice programs in Montana may be improved.
The Restorative Justice review must be completed by September 15, 2012.