What They’re Saying About Safe Streets & Second Chances in Kentucky

On March 5, Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin and Kentucky Justice and Public Safety Cabinet Secretary John Tilley hosted Safe Streets & Second Chances for a news conference to discuss the ongoing criminal justice project.

Under the initiative, independent, academic research published by Florida State University’s Institute of Justice Research and Development is leveraged by Right on Crime reentry experts to inform smarter policy approaches around helping incarcerated people rejoin society after their release from prison. The study involves more than 1,500 incarcerated individuals, 230 of them in Kentucky, and looks at the success of existing re-entry programs and services versus a new, innovative approach, called the 5 Key Model.

In addition to Kentucky, the program is also underway in Texas, Florida, and Pennsylvania.

Here’s a look at what news outlets are saying about the program:

LEX 18: “The governor is partnering with a group called ‘Safe Streets and Second Chances’ in hope of forming an improved public policy for re-entry.” (Alexia Walters, “Officials to Give Update on Ky.’s Criminal Justice System, Policy for Re-Entry,” Lex 18, 03/05/19)

LEX 18: “So far, out of the 406 inmates asked to participate, only 12 chose not to take part. The governor and the rest of the team feel that Kentucky is a great place for this as there are nearly 24,000 individuals incarcerated in the Commonwealth and Kentucky also has more children impacted as a byproduct than any other state.” (Melissa Ratliff, “Program Hopes to Improve Re-Incarceration Rates,” Lex 18, 03/05/19)

  • “Governor Matt Bevin hopes that the new initiative will cut back on recidivism rates with five factors. ‘One, that they have meaningful work trajectories. Two, that they’re able to have healthy thinking patterns. That they can effectively cope is the third one. That they have positive interpersonal relationships with others and that they are fully participating in their community and have positive engagement,’ said Carrie Pettus-Davis, the program’s principal researcher.” (Melissa Ratliff, “Program Hopes to Improve Re-Incarceration Rates,” Lex 18, 03/05/19)

Bottom Line: “The national initiative being implemented in Kentucky, Safe Streets and Second Chances (S3C), focuses on reducing recidivism by using data and personalized approaches” (Jacqueline Pitts, “Reentry initiative focuses on reducing recidivism by personalizing and re-innovating Kentucky’s criminal justice system,” Bottom Line, 03/05/19)

  • “Gov. Matt Bevin commended the innovative, data-driven work that has been done over the past year to implement the Safe Streets and Second Chances initiative in Kentucky. ‘No amount of money is enough to spend on this issue…it is a costly process to incarcerate people,’ Bevin said on the importance of rethinking the way the state spends money on criminal justice reform.” (Jacqueline Pitts, “Reentry initiative focuses on reducing recidivism by personalizing and re-innovating Kentucky’s criminal justice system,” Bottom Line, 03/05/19)

WKMS: “More than 400 Kentucky inmates are participating in a re-entry program focusing on services both during and after incarceration. Gov. Matt Bevin was among those recognizing the Safe Streets and Second Chances project.” (Stu Johnson, “Re-Entry Program for Kentucky Prisoners Highlighted in Frankfort,” WKMS, 03/05/19)

  • “The Safe Streets and Second Chances participants are being tracked along with other inmates who are experiencing traditional re-entry services.” (Stu Johnson, “Re-Entry Program for Kentucky Prisoners Highlighted in Frankfort,” WKMS, 03/05/19)

WHAS11: “During a Tuesday press conference, [Gov. Matt] Bevin spoke about the Safe Streets and Second Chances project that launched in 2018.” (Staff, “Bevin Wants More Help for Former Felons,” WHAS11, 03/05/19)

  • “Safe Street and Second Chances is an initiative taking place in three other states.” (Staff, “Bevin Wants More Help for Former Felons,” WHAS11, 03/05/19)

WKYT: “Researchers with Safe Streets and Second Chances (S3C) say after eight months of tracking Kentucky prisoners they know what it takes to keep people from ending up back behind bars.” (Kristen Kennedy, “Gov. Bevin touts research aimed at long-term prison reform,” WKYT, 03/05/19)

  • “Principal researcher Carrie Pettus-Davis says S3C focuses on researching factors like healthy thinking patterns, effective coping mechanisms and positive relationships among former prisoners. Governor Matt Bevin said Tuesday that he believes this research will help inmates get out and stay out.” (Kristen Kennedy, “Gov. Bevin touts research aimed at long-term prison reform,” WKYT, 03/05/19)

WYMT: “Safe Streets and Second Chances, also known as S3C, tracked Kentucky prisoners for the last eight months.” (Staff, “Gov. Bevin praises prison reform program to keep people from going back behind bars,” WYMT, 03/05/19)

  • “’They struggle to find employment. They struggle to rebuild the lives that they left when they were removed from their communities and incarcerated,’ said S3C Principal Researcher Carrie Pettus-Davis.” (Staff, “Gov. Bevin praises prison reform program to keep people from going back behind bars,” WYMT, 03/05/19)

WSAZ: “Researchers with Safe Streets and Second Chances (S3C) say after eight months of tracking Kentucky prisoners they know what it takes to keep people from ending up back behind bars.” (Staff, “Gov. Bevin touts research aimed at long-term prison reform,” WSAZ, 03/06/19)

  • “Principal researcher Carrie Pettus-Davis says S3C focuses on researching factors like healthy thinking patterns, effective coping mechanisms and positive relationships among former prisoners. Governor Matt Bevin said Tuesday that he believes this research will help inmates get out and stay out.” (Staff, “Gov. Bevin touts research aimed at long-term prison reform,” WSAZ, 03/06/19)