Advancing Civil Rights Issues in Kentucky
The Kentucky Advisory Committee for the U.S. Commission for Civil Rights, chaired by Professor Trucios-Haynes, has adopted a state-wide project to examine address the bail system in Kentucky. The Kentucky Advisory Committee is examining whether Kentucky’s pretrial release determinations in different courts, districts, and before different judges vary so widely that they violate the constitutional rights of poor persons, women, or communities of color in Kentucky. The Committee is also examining the effectiveness of the existing risk assessment system in achieving the goal of diminishing the use of cash bail in favor of pretrial release. The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights is an independent, bipartisan agency of the Federal government charged with studying discrimination or denial of equal protection of the laws because of race, color, religion, sex, age, disability or national origin, or in the administration of justice. The Commission has Advisory Committees in each of the fifty states and the District of Columbia. These Committees are comprised of volunteers who serve without compensation to advise the Commission on relevant information concerning their respective States.