Kentucky juvenile justice commissioner resigns

jbrammer@herald-leader.comApril 2, 2014 

FRANKFORT — State Juvenile Justice Commissioner A. Hasan Davis submitted his resignation Wednesday, effective April 30.

In a letter to Justice and Public Safety Secretary J. Michael Brown, Davis said he is re-evaluating his priorities, especially since the state legislature is expected to approve a juvenile justice overhaul bill later this month that is designed to jail fewer youths.

Davis said he decided when he started the job two years ago that once reform to Kentucky's juvenile justice system was achieved he would "turn my attention and focus to comprehensive and holistic work that enables me to impact children in the commonwealth and across the nation."

"True change must include families, communities, child welfare and education," he said.

Davis did not offer any specifics about what that might involve.

He said staying on for the rest of the month should give Brown time to install new leadership before the new state budget begins July 1 and the new juvenile justice bill is implemented in mid-July, assuming that lawmakers approve it.

Jack Brammer: (859) 231-1302. Twitter: @BGPolitics. Blog: bluegrasspolitics.bloginky.com

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