Local officials will hold a Kentucky Criminal Justice Forum on Friday, bringing together legislators, criminal justice professionals, community members and formerly-incarcerated individuals.
The forum, which is open to the public, was organized in cooperation with the Kentucky Criminal Justice Forum initiative and the Cabinet of Justice and Public Safety. Additional community organizations, including Western Kentucky Re-entry Council, Diocesan Prison Ministry Committee and Green River Re-Entry Council Kentucky, Catholic Conference of Kentucky and Catholic Charities of Owensboro have helped plan the event as well.
“The purpose of the forum is to have a dialogue on criminal justice reform, gather everyone’s input on the subject and make that data available to state and local legislators to inform ongoing work to improve our justice system,” said Tina Kasey, director of communications for the Diocese of Owensboro.
Forum guests will include District 13 Representative Jim Glenn and state District 16 Representative Jason Petrie, as well as Daviess County Attorney Claud Porter and Andrea Barkett, program administrator for the Department of Re-entry D.O.C.
This year’s goal for the forum is to help bring about positive, data-driven, criminal justice reform in the Commonwealth of Kentucky, officials said.
The forum will be held at the H.L Neblett Community Center, located at 801 West 5th St. from 1 -4 p.m.