A 2011 Kentucky law that required police officers to issue citations for many misdemeanors -- including possession of marijuana -- instead of making arrests would be scrapped under a proposed bill.
Pay Attention People!!! You were warned about this bill passing years ago and then watched many citizens became victims complain because criminals were not arrested. We are talking about people who are breaking the law NOT law abiding citizens. BACKWARDS! DO NOT GO BACKWARDS
The law currently says police "shall" issue a citation instead of making an arrest for dozens of misdemeanors, as long as officers believe the suspect is not a danger to himself or others and will appear in court to answer the charge. House Bill 250 would change the language to "may" issue a citation.
Citing and not arresting was mostly aimed at curbing policing for profit. 2011 was the back end of the recession. For arresting big time but attitudes will change again if the money isn't there and the whole overcrowded jails and people dying in the intake / holding cells thing ( Fayette ) come into play too
The state is going completely ass-backwards. "At least in part because of the 2011 law, Metro Corrections saw a sharp drop in bookings for misdemeanor drug arrests -- from more than 3,100 in the 2009-2010 fiscal year to less than 2,000 in the 2012-2013 fiscal year, a 38 percent decrease, according to jail records.
The number of jail bookings in 2010 was 45,161 and the average daily population of the jail was 1,930 inmates, 137 over capacity, Bolton said.
"By contrast, we began to see a steady reduction over the next four years, and by 2014, there were 36,740 bookings with an average daily population of 1,851 (only 58 over capacity)," Bolton wrote
Louisville Metro Police arrested 15,818 people on misdemeanor charges in 2011. That number fell to 13,192 by the end of 2013, a nearly 17 percent decrease, according to data from LMPD. “
Ruth Ann Palumbo (Is she living within her district now?) filed a bill in the House Jan. 14 that would give police officers the discretion to arrest people who are charged with misdemeanors.
Here's just one of the 20 billion reasons not to trust any government entity.:
evil puppet #1 - "Our state is going broke sir"
evil puppet #2 - "Arrest more people."
That's right we can't have enough people in prison. We need to set new records for locking citizens up. who knows? we already lock up more of our population than any other country on earth but we can do better; those J-walkers, litterers, and shoplifters need to be taught a lesson they will remember. Hey, you never know, let's start cutting of appendages and bring back public flogging. That ought to teach those criminals a lesson!