A new piece of legislation that went into effect in January has resulted in the expansion of the Kentucky Department of Corrections, Division of Probation and Parole.
The legislation is House Bill 463, which explains the requirements for the Mandatory Reentry Supervision program.
“Simply put, Mandatory Reentry Supervision allows inmates who have not been granted discretionary parole to be released, under the supervision of a parole officer, six months prior to the expiration of their sentence,” said Todd Henson, public information officer for the Kentucky Department of Corrections. “All of these inmates are within six months of completing their sentence and without MRS, would have been discharged with no supervision or assistance.”
MRS allows offenders to gradually transition into the community. Officials with the Division of Probation and Parole help offenders find home placement, work and other things they need to rejoin society, he said.
“The whole thrust of the bill was to reduce the prison population and save the state money,” Henson said.
Since July, 2011 the Division of Probation and Parole has reorganized from three to four branches, adding one district and adding staff members to include 73 additional probation and parole officers, 22 additional probation and parole investigators, 11 additional assistant supervisors and 12 additional infrastructure staff (support staff).
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