Christian County District Court Judge Jim Adams was among the first people to testify Tuesday at the inaugural meeting of the Unified Juvenile Code Task Force meeting in Frankfort.
The Task Force board was chaired by State Representative John Tilley of Hopkinsville and was formed in light of such tragedies as the murder of Amy Dye.
During Judge Adams’ remarks he said laws concerning juvenile offenders need to be modernized, citing the Amy Dye case as an example of the need for more oversight and tighter regulations. The Dye case is even more tragic because of the numerous times school administrators reported alleged abuse against Amy to the state Health and Family Services Cabinet before her brother beat her to death early last year.
Her brother, now 18-year old Garrett Dye, had run-ins with the law as a juvenile before the incident and spent time in the court system in Todd County.
Representative Tilley says the Task Force will continue hearing from people like Judge Adams and other experts on children’s issues to hopefully make a recommendation to the General Assembly next years about what kind of changes could be made to better protect and rehabilitate the state’s most vulnerable.