(1) A person convicted of a misdemeanor or violation who has not received a graduation certificate from high school or has not obtained a High School Equivalency Diploma may, in addition to or in lieu of any other penalty provided by law, be sentenced to attend and successfully complete a program designed to improve his reading, living, and employment skills. Attendance at such program shall be deemed a form of probation and all provisions of the law with respect to probation, including restitution to victims, shall apply.
(2) A person convicted of a felony who has not received a graduation certificate from high school or has not obtained a High School Equivalency Diploma may, in addition to any other penalty provided by law, be sentenced to attend and successfully complete a program designed to improve his reading, living, and employment skills. Attendance at such program shall be deemed a form of probation and all provisions of the law with respect to probation, including restitution to victims, shall apply.

Terms Used In Kentucky Statutes 533.200

  • Felony: A crime carrying a penalty of more than a year in prison.
  • Misdemeanor: Usually a petty offense, a less serious crime than a felony, punishable by less than a year of confinement.
  • Probation: A sentencing alternative to imprisonment in which the court releases convicted defendants under supervision as long as certain conditions are observed.
  • Restitution: The court-ordered payment of money by the defendant to the victim for damages caused by the criminal action.

(3) The provisions of this section shall not apply to an individual with an intellectual or other disability that is so severe that he would not reasonably be expected to benefit from or complete the program.
Effective:June 29, 2017
History: Amended 2017 Ky. Acts ch. 63, sec. 36, effective June 29, 2017. — Amended 2012 Ky. Acts ch. 146, sec. 136, effective July 12, 2012. — Amended
1996 Ky. Acts ch. 145, sec. 7, effective July 15, 1996. — Created 1988 Ky. Acts ch. 279, sec. 1, effective July 15, 1988.