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Kansas Senate committee still skeptical of plan to abolish state Parole Board

February 9, 2011

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— The chairman of a Kansas Senate committee says members still have questions about Gov. Sam Brownback's plan to abolish the state Parole Board.

Chairman Tim Owens plans to resume Judiciary Committee hearings Friday on an executive reorganization order issued by the governor. The parole board will be eliminated and its duties transferred to the Department of Corrections on July 1 unless one legislative chamber rejects the order.

Panel members were skeptical during a hearing last week. Brownback argues the change will streamline government and save about $500,000 a year.

Critics have suggested the department would have a conflict of interest in deciding when inmates would be released early if prisons are crowded, as they are now. Brownback has pledged that public safety won't be affected.

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somebodynew 3 years, 10 months ago

OK, these people are all worried about inmates and conficts of interest, but nobody (in the legislature) is worried about the closing of KNI and what will happen to those people who have severe problems just living each day. Oh-I know the money will follow them into community based programes ---- RIGHT and I own swamp land in Montana too. Want to buy it ???

ralphralph 3 years, 10 months ago

How does it save money to close KNI if "the money follows the person"? And to where does it follow them? To what "community programs"?

There are good reasons that KNI and PSH exist. They are needed. The people served by these institutions [gasp I said it, they are institutions, and that's okay] need the kind of intensive and specialized services they are receiving, and we cannot provide that service in a better or less expense system ... or, at least, I've seen no evidence Kansas is about to provide any alternative in "the community".

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