A new Lexington public safety task force's first orders of business will be to discuss operational issues at the Fayette County jail and communicate with legislators about a bill designed to reduce the state's prison population.
Mayor Jim Gray on Thursday announced the task force, comprised of 19 members, including prosecutors, defense lawyers, law enforcement and city council members.
According to a news release, a work group led by Public Safety Commissioner Clay Mason will address operational issues at the jail.
Meanwhile, a group led by interim jail director Ray Sabbatine and Anthony Wilhoit, executive director of the Kentucky Legislative Ethics Commission, will discuss House Bill 463, which took effect this year. The bill, which aims to reduce the prison population and lower incarceration costs, makes it harder for police to arrest non-violent criminals and easier for criminals to be released early.
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The task force will analyze criminal justice best practices and make recommendations to state and local agencies and elected officials.