The Kentucky Justice and Public Safety Cabinet is the second largest cabinet in state government with more than 7,000 employees. It oversees five departments, including Kentucky State Police, the Department of Corrections, the Department of Juvenile Justice, the Department of Criminal Justice Training and the Department of Public Advocacy. The Office of the State Medical Examiner and the Office of Drug Control Policy are also administered under the cabinet.
Our mission is to ensure the safety and security of Kentucky communities through a fair and impartial administration of taxpayer resources. Our approach centers on protecting citizens, restoring victims and reforming wrongdoers – all in a focused environment where everything is measured for accountability and performance. The cabinet also seeks the best possible return from our public safety investment by using evidence-based programs, fiscal discipline, and data-driven strategies. Likewise, we are committed to holding offenders to the highest standards of personal accountability and responsibility.