Overview of Kentucky’s Prison and Jail System

By Kyle Ellison October 12, 2020 I attended last year’s Kentucky Criminal Justice Forum in Louisville and appreciated the opportunity to discuss re-entry issues with legislators and people working on the front lines of criminal justice reform. (https://www.kentuckycjf.org/).  This brought back thoughts and feelings from my years with Kentucky Department of Corrections (KDOC) as a … Continue reading Overview of Kentucky’s Prison and Jail System

Politics and prisons, populations and pardons: repeating the past in more expensive ways

By Kyle Ellison  February 6, 2020  (Revised October 12, 2020)  Disabled prison inmates in Frankfort, Kentucky circa 1911 In his final days in office Governor Bevin issued 650 pardons, several of which were highly controversial. We should think about the remaining 37.000 people who remain in Kentucky’s prisons and jails. Over the 220 years Kentucky has … Continue reading Politics and prisons, populations and pardons: repeating the past in more expensive ways

2020 School Board Candidates Respond to FOR Issues Questionnaire

The Aim Higher subcommittee of Fellowship of Reconciliation, Louisville Chapter (FOR) is continuing to expand its advocacy work in the Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS). For that work to succeed, we believe that all residents of Jefferson County must educate themselves about critical public education issues and elect school board members who are responsive to … Continue reading 2020 School Board Candidates Respond to FOR Issues Questionnaire

Systemic racism and the costs of incarceration

By Kyle Ellison July 3,2020 A version of this article appeared in the Courier-Journal The nine-minute video of George Floyd’s murder is proving to be the most influential video ever made.  Racist policing is front and center now, causing white people to stop ignoring other elements of systemic racism. Black people have endured persistent inequalities … Continue reading Systemic racism and the costs of incarceration

Fellowship of Reconciliation (FOR Louisville Chapter) statement on Israel’s annexation of Palestinian land in the West Bank

For over 50 years, Israel has been occupying Palestinian land and has been illegally transferring its own population there in violation of international law. Israel's decision to begin annexing the West Bank signals to the world that Israel has no intention of allowing a two-state solution in which Palestinians would have basic rights in a … Continue reading Fellowship of Reconciliation (FOR Louisville Chapter) statement on Israel’s annexation of Palestinian land in the West Bank

Fellowship of Reconciliation (FOR Louisville Chapter) Statement on the killing of Breonna Taylor and George Floyd

The Fellowship of Reconciliation (FOR Louisville Chapter) wishes to extend our deepest sympathy to the families of Breonna Taylor and George Floyd and all those who have lost loved ones because the injustice of racism is so embedded in our country.  We call for Metro Louisville to: End the use of excessive force on unarmed … Continue reading Fellowship of Reconciliation (FOR Louisville Chapter) Statement on the killing of Breonna Taylor and George Floyd