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KY Governor Speaks In Nashville On Criminal Justice Reform

Posted at 10:49 PM, Feb 21, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-21 23:50:28-05

Hours after two correction officers were attacked at a Kentucky prison, Governor Matt Bevin led a discussion on how to positively change the prison justice system.

The prison ministry Men of Valor held the event here in Nashville. Bevin spoke to Tennessee lawmakers, non-profit leaders and other policy leaders highlighting lessons Kentucky has learned and how our state can create similar reforms.

He talked about his state's first-ever expungement bill and suggested teaching job skills to prisoners.

"I believe in redemption. I believe in second chances. I think our nation was founded on such principles, we have an increasing number of men and women in our prison system who deserve the opportunity to be given a chance to start over again - after, they've paid their debt to society - after they paid restitution," Bevin said.

A panel discussion from law enforcement officers, a former prisoner, were at Wednesday night's event as well as victims of crime who shared their views on criminal justice reform.