Republican-led Kentucky House advances crime reform bill with ‘three-strikes’ provision

The Kentucky House Judiciary Committee advanced a crime reform bill on Thursday that includes a three-strikes provision, meaning those convicted of three violent felonies would face life in prison.

In a 13-5 vote, the Republican-led committee sent an amended version of the 72-page bill, called the Safer Kentucky Act, to the full House for consideration. The bill includes over two dozen provisions, some of which have previously been introduced in the legislature, such as making fleeing police a Class C felony, while others, such as the creation of a stand-alone statute for carjacking, are new. 

Lawmakers heard hours of emotional testimony from attorneys and from those affected by crime. Republican lawmakers have prioritized the legislation as a solution to the crime in big cities. In 2022, the state’s serious crime rate dropped, according to
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