Racial Disparities in Kentucky's Justice System

At the 2014 Kentucky Council of Churches assembly we focused on the theme of Restorative Justice. One of our workshop leaders was Mr. Edward C. Monahan. His presentation focused on discrimination in the criminal justice system.

Mr. Monahan began as a public defender in 1976. He was appointed Kentucky Public Advocate by the Governor September 1, 2008 to a four year term and reappointed to a second four year term September 2012, serving in the Kentucky Department of Public Advocacy. He is also a Catholic who has served in the past as the Executive Director of the Catholic Conference of Kentucky. 

We are pleased to make available both a video of Mr. Monahan's workshop at our assembly (edited to shorten it to 52 minutes) and a pdf version of his powerpoint show.

The video can be viewed here.

The Powerpoint presentation can be downloaded here.

A free downloadable resource recommended during the workshop, created by The Sentencing Project, can be found here or by pasting this url into your browser: http://bit.ly/RacialDisparity

A second resource recommended during the workshop is a book by law professor Michelle Alexander, entitled The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness (The New Press, 2010, 2012).