Kentucky agencies are working to avoid having short-handed prisons and a less than full-strength state police force on Friday when most state workers are being furloughed.
It is the first of six unpaid furlough days state employees are required to take this fiscal year due to budget cuts. Late revisions to the plan alleviated some safety concerns by exempting public safety and mental health care positions, but other issues remain.
The Kentucky Enquirer reports that some effects of the furloughs include criminal courts grinding to a near halt, sex offenders not being able to register and child abuse investigations being delayed.
Kenton County Commonwealth's Attorney Rob Sanders said he would be in his office, but his staff won't be.
Sanders says "criminals don't get furloughs, so our work just piles up." He says the day off will "slow down the wheels of justice."
Information from: The Kentucky Enquirer, http://www.nky.com