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Archive for Thursday, September 8, 2011

Kansas SRS says it needs more money as sexual predator treatment program nears maximum capacity

September 8, 2011

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The state’s sexual predator treatment program has nearly reached its capacity, forcing officials to seek more than $2 million for an expansion, it was announced Thursday.

“This population continues to grow,” said Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services Secretary Robert Siedlecki Jr. “SRS has an obligation to the people of Kansas to keep these individuals separated from society at large, and to house them in buildings that are both safe and secure.”

There are 214 people in the program, which is located at Larned State Hospital. An estimated 18 new residents are admitted each year, according to SRS.

Enacted in 1994, the program has been controversial because it indefinitely holds convicted sex offenders past their prison sentences if they have been civilly committed under the law because they have been deemed a continuing threat to the community.

SRS outlined a plan to remodel a building at Larned, which will provide space for 34 more people at a cost of $2 million.

The agency also wants to remodel facilities on the Parsons State Hospital grounds to house eight people who are transitioning for possible release. That will cost approximately $200,000.

Comments

bigdave 3 years, 3 months ago

I have over 214 rounds of .357 in my gun safe and you don't have to pay me a dime!!!!!!!

JM Andy 3 years, 3 months ago

I think Gov. Brownback should just pray for these sexual deviants to change their ways. All we need are his Christian faith-based initiatives like this and Kansas will be ALL better...no fine arts, no abortions, no services for those poor/disabled folks....maybe Gov. Perry could pray for them too....there...ALL better...

Cait McKnelly 3 years, 3 months ago

Considering that Texas has a 23 billion dollar deficit, is facing an unprecedented drought, and the worst wildfires the state has ever seen, I think God looks at Perry the way the US did at Bush at the end of his administration. He's not someone you want campaigning (or praying) for you.

somebodynew 3 years, 3 months ago

+1 (besides he will need a staff of attorneys also at more money)

Cait McKnelly 3 years, 3 months ago

So, how many chuckles did BB let out when this crossed his desk?

ljwhirled 3 years, 3 months ago

I'll provide a pair of garden shears two sets of ankle cuffs, two sets of hand cuffs and a wooden frame - free.

I guess we will need some zip ties to stop the bleeding. I'll throw those in too.

Alceste 3 years, 3 months ago

Incorrect:

Lawrence City Commission and Douglas County Commission are now solicited and expected to pay for this list on a local basis based on paying the rent for the local SRS office.

One hand washes the other, eh?

And this "request" is only the beginning......

Bob Forer 3 years, 3 months ago

The program is a waste of money. Numerous studies have shown the your typical pedophile is not amenable to rehabilitation. Since the purpose is obviously to protect the public, a better approach might be longer prison sentences, or, alternatively, long term intensive supervision upon release with zero tolerance for recidivists.

SWJayhawk13 3 years, 3 months ago

Penetration isn't the only way to sexually assault someone...either way, they need to stay locked up.

Scott Morgan 3 years, 3 months ago

Easy smeezy, just open up a unit at Lansing. Staff is already there. KU is belching out underpaid social workers by the ton. Change the program a bit and teach them how to secure a patient.

Sick monkeys, but they do not need a clinic setting.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 3 years, 3 months ago

Perhaps they should have the victims of these people pick up the tab. Isn't that the "fiscally responsible" way to deal with it?

Charles L Bloss Jr 3 years, 3 months ago

Just cut off the source of their testosterone, and send them on their way. Thank you, Lynn

ralphralph 3 years, 3 months ago

At Parsons State Hospital and Training Center?

It's primarily a residential facility, with housing in group "cottages" for developmentally disabled people (whom we used to call "mentally retarded").

To put a group of sexual predators in amongst these disabled people --- most of whom cannot protect themselves, and many of whom cannot even communicate verbally --- seems a mistake.

This program should be more closely aligned with the prison system, and perhaps the treatment of what we used to label "the criminally insane", and not with a program housing the innocent disabled.

In other words .... Keep them in prison, or at least at Larned.

akt2 3 years, 3 months ago

Whatever it takes. They need their own space. They cannot be allowed to live with or around other humans or animals. They should never be allowed to mainstream into society again. By the way Dg Co has over 100 listed on the KBI website. I think that's more then enough. Keep them contained for life. There is no excuse or defense for a pervert.

LHS56 3 years, 3 months ago

seems simply to me. Eliminate one of the 100K new positions in the Topeka administrate expense of SRS. If they need more funds, send another Floridian home.

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