Kentucky will spend about half a million dollars to expand its database of criminal offenders and on technology that will inform victims (and the public) when inmates are released from prison, according News & Tribune.
The governor has calls the program “Public Safety First” and it will kick off on January 1, 2009.
The old database only tracked inmates when they were detained with the Department of Corrections.
The new database will allow the public to search a Web site that shows where sex offenders live and allows domestic violence victims to be notified when their abusers have been served with protection orders.
Statistically, domestic violence victims are most at risk for a re-attack right after their attacker is served with a protection order. Officials hope this will help reduce the violent crime rate.
The system will also alert authorities when former inmates and sex offenders are arrested or jailed.
Kentucky is also extending its MethCheck program, which can alert pharmacists immediately if a customer is attempting to illegally purchase over-the-counter drugs that produce meth.
The paper reports that the MethCheck program recorded 261,251 pharmaceutical transactions in the first 90 days it operated, and 4,412 of those transactions were blocked, according to MetchCheck’s CEO.
Both the Kentucky law that limits the purchase of drugs that can be used to manufacture meth and computer purchase-tracking programs are credited with lowering the number of meth labs in the state.
But meth use is still considered a big problem in the state and officials hope this program will help cut out the meth suppliers and reduce the availability of the illegal drug.
See Total’s Criminal Defense’s recent article Report: State of the U.S. Drug Affair for more information on the nation’s drug state.