Archive for Thursday, September 25, 2008

AG seeks ways to stop repeat offenders

Kansas Attorney General Steve Six came to Lawrence on Wednesday to address members of the Kansas Association of Chiefs of Police during their fall training conference.

September 25, 2008


Steve Six wanted to change people's lives when he was a district court judge. He became frustrated when he could not reach the repeat offenders entering his courtroom.

Now, as Kansas' attorney general, Six is working with law enforcement to help at-risk offenders. He addressed members of the Kansas Association of Chiefs of Police during their fall training conference Wednesday at the Holiday Inn in Lawrence.

"The project today is to work on how we can be smart about working on making sure these people don't repeat and commit offenses and end up in prison again," Six said.

He is working with the Kansas Re-entry Policy Council to find ways to make communities safer and help offenders re-integrate into society.

Six said law enforcement and corrections officers must work with community organizations to change offenders' behavior to reduce prison return rates. Officers should work with offenders during their incarceration, not just before they are released, he said. This includes finding housing, employment and working on preventing substance abuse.

Topeka Police Chief Ron Miller said his department is "right in line" with the council's efforts to help offenders being released form prison.

"They have no money, a criminal record, no education, they have no skills, no support system and yet they're returning to our communities and we expect them to be successful," he said.

Topeka law enforcement uses data to identify those offenders who are potential repeaters.

"We're trying to reach out to those offenders that aren't yet established as career criminals that we might be able to turn around and get them back as tax-paying members of society, and hopefully save us resources," Miller said.

The council is also working to reduce the financial strain on the prison system and to allocate funds more effectively, Six said.

"It costs a lot of money to lock people up," he said. "(But) at the same time, the highest goal is community safety."

- Chardae Davis can be reached at 832-6342.


acg 9 years, 6 months ago

b3, once again proving he's got to be the dumbest person on the planet. Not only is your idea stupid, but you can't spell.

whatupdown 9 years, 6 months ago

The first thing far too many of these releasees do when they get out is go rob some place and buy drugs.

geekin_topekan 9 years, 6 months ago

"..pocession of marijuana"+++HeeheeheeheeSorry b, I couldn't resist.I have my share of typos and bad grammar.Sucks dont it?

Horace 9 years, 6 months ago

Good job Six.Attempting to involve the police in a program like this is great idea.

geekin_topekan 9 years, 6 months ago

The trouble with this idea is that Six wants to attack the problem from the wrong end.Prevention is the key and that is a concept that most of society doesn't seem to grasp.Create a system of training and education before the criminal behavior begins.Crime is a cheap thrill that earns a certain amount of respect from the criminal's peers and provides instant gratification in its early stages.But you have to get respect and recognition from somewhere,especially if it isn't coming from the family.The system that Six describes as "uneducated,criminal record and unskilled" is not as inescapable as he makes it sound either. But it is definately harder to convince an addict ,who can find instant cash from robbing and stealing,to commit two to four years of his/her time to education.Breaking the cycle of lose-lose mentality is not easy but the answers are very simple.Don't use drugs,get a job and help your fellow addict recover.In that order.But prevention programs seem to be looked down upon by lawmakers and taxpayers.Probably because the fruits of the efforts are not visible and provide no immediate benefit.Statistics for tragedy that hasn't occured are difficult if not impossible to compile.

oldvet 9 years, 6 months ago

When WW2 ended, the govt paid employers a good portion of the salary for any veteran they hired. It gradually phased out over a year or two but it got a lot of men back into the workplace and productive. I could support a plan similar to this to get people who have served their prison time back into a productive job, requiring follow-up with a PO and a steady employment record.I also support a 3-strikes for felony repeat offenders regardless of how minor a felony might appear. If you can't force yourself away from trouble, then we should force you away from law-abiding citizens.

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