Archive for Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Kansas House rejects prison inmate policy change

May 8, 2012


— House members have rejected an amendment that would have restricted the types of inmates the Kansas Department of Correction could house in county jails.

The proposal rejected Tuesday was in response to the escape in April of four state prison inmates who were being held in the Ottawa County jail. The men were in the county jail as part of a contract to alleviate state prison overcrowding.

The House rejected the amendment on a 79-41 vote, arguing that the issue would hamper the corrections secretary's ability to manage prison populations.

The amendment would have prevented convicted rapists and murderers from being housed in county jails. One of the men who escaped was convicted of two murders in Sedgwick County. All four inmates were recaptured within three days.


KansasLiberal 5 years, 10 months ago

You know, we would have PLENTY of prison space for the bad guys to be housed if we didn't incarcerate non-violent drug offenders. Maybe now would be a good time to re-examine what kind of people really deserve to be sent to prison?

Zype 5 years, 10 months ago

Agreed. It also makes little sense considering that they're going in as non-violent, but they're certainly not going to come out that way.

Scott Morgan 5 years, 10 months ago

We should have laws which criminals can be assured they don't do time. How about habitual wife beaters who don't draw blood?

How about drug dealers who prey on high school kids? Jail time? How about drug dealers who just sell to college students?

Anybody ever know a weed dealer who didn't know how to get a hold of something more addicting?

A mom placing a son or daugter underground due to drugs could care less about ""Herb the Car Thief."

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