FRANKFORT – The state Department of Corrections today launched a newly enhanced version of the Kentucky Offender Online Lookup (KOOL) system.
House Bill 463, the criminal justice reform legislation passed in 2011, called for the enhancements and set an implementation date of July 1, 2013. Over the past year, the department has diligently been working to overhaul the system. KOOL previously included information such as names of offenders, their crimes, sentence lengths, photographs and parole eligibility dates. Now, the system includes all the previous information plus data on the expected time to serve, good time release date, maximum expiration of sentence date and the historic percentage of time served for similar offenders.
KOOL has also been expanded to include not only information on active offenders but also on offenders who are under the supervision of the Division of Probation and Parole (P&P).
The new version of KOOL contains a greatly expanded search function. There are approximately 50 different search parameters including such categories as supervision status, county of supervision, release date, current location (facility or P&P district), and current escapees or absconders.
Newly-added functions allow users to look up statistics on a particular felony offense to see the average time served for that offense, the approximate cost to incarcerate for that offense and the cost of alternatives to incarceration. There is also a function that allows users to determine the likelihood that the offender will be re-incarcerated.
A direct link to VINE (Victim Information and Notification Everyday) has also been added to the KOOL system. This link will allow someone to register for VINE notifications on an offender’s change in status, such as upcoming parole eligibility or release date.
The new KOOL system can be accessed at http://kool.corrections.ky.gov/.