FRANKFORT, Ky. – Gov. Matt Bevin has restored the right to vote and hold public office to some two dozen felony offenders who have completed their sentences and applied for restoration of their civil rights.
Bevin took the action on Monday, a year after he signed into law House Bill 40, which gives second chances to Kentuckians convicted of lesser, non-violent felonies after they have completed their sentences if they have stayed out of trouble and demonstrated that they are trying to get back on track.
"We have always been a nation of second chances," Bevin said in a statement.
Under Bevin’s order, 24 people had voting rights restored.
Secretary of State Alison Grimes, who also signed off on the restoration orders, said 16 of the people had served time on drug charges; the remainder for theft, money laundering, burglary and weapons charges. Sentences had ranged from probation to 20 years in prison.
“The criminal justice system should not exist solely to punish offenders, but also to rehabilitate and assimilate them back into society,” Bevin said. “Through this executive action, we are empowering men and women with the opportunity to becoming contributing members of our communities.”