The Andy Beshear Record on Juvenile Justice

FRANKFORT, Ky. (March 27, 2023) – The Republican Party of Kentucky issued the following statement after the codification of House Bill 3 and other Republican-led legislation to reform the state’s Department of Juvenile Justice after Andy Beshear, Kerry Harvey, and Vicki Reed ran it into the ground and whistleblowers came forward about efforts to cover up chaos and riots at detention facilities. 

“Andy Beshear and Kerry Harvey have a long career of making messes and failing to clean them up,” RPK Spokesman Sean Southard said. “A review of the Beshear-Harvey record at the Department of Juvenile Justice shows an administration in total disarray: riots, allegations of sexual assault, a lack of staffing, and then the associated cover-up. They even tried to redefine the word ‘riot.’ Thanks to strong Republican leadership in the General Assembly, the Beshear-Harvey Juvenile Justice system will be reformed, with serious investment in our detention facilities and behavioral services so that staff and detainees are protected. We just can’t trust Andy Beshear to keep us safe.”


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