Creative Commons

  A new program in Pulaski County is aiming to grow the local workforce while, at the same time, helping people who are incarcerated get a new start. It's called the Comprehensive Rehabilitation of Inmates Transforming Individuals, Community and Livelihoods or CRITICAL. 

In three-phases, the initiative teaches soft skills and technical training to inmates, who can also learn about and interview for job opportunities while in jail. Those who complete the program are also credited with 30 days of time served.


Lexington Mayor Linda Gorton said she will recommend additional funding to address ongoing concerns at the Fayette County jail. 

Gorton updated council members this week on her fact-finding examination at the detention center. Gorton said she had made unannounced visits to the jail and had talked with staff.

“We have had difficulties for a long time out there, so what we’ve done in the past hasn’t worked.  So, we need to think creatively about other ways to fix these problems,” said Gorton.

Mary Meehan

The Madison County’s Fiscal Court voted 4-1 Tuesday to raise taxes to build a new $45 million jail. The existing jail was originally built to hold 184 inmates. But according to officials, the jail consistently holds double that number.

Madison Judge Executive Reagan Taylor said he was not eager to raise taxes but the fiscal court had little choice. But Taylor said the overcrowding issue needs to be addressed.

He said voters have been apathetic about the problem resulting in the current difficult situation.

“For them to not be aware that we have an incarceration problem. in our, in our state in our county, I mean for somebody not to know that you're not listening, or you're hiding under a rock or you don't want to hear those things,” he said.