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New units required for over-capacity prison population, officials say

October 2, 2013

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— The state prison system in Kansas is over capacity and will require $37 million in additional units within the next several years, officials said today.

There are currently about 9,600 inmates in the system, which is about 80 over capacity, officials with the Kansas Department of Corrections said.

Based on inmate projections, KDC's director of capital improvements Michael Gaito said the state will need to build two more units for 512 inmates by July 2016 at a cost of $24 million. And the agency said it needs a 128-bed unit for mentally ill inmates at a cost of $13 million by July 2019. All buildings will be added to the El Dorado Correctional Facility.

The plans were discussed during a meeting of the Legislature's Joint Committee on State Building Construction.

Comments

DrQuack 6 months, 2 weeks ago

Parole requirements have continuously been softened the past few years. Now, parole officers can't return a parolee except for a new felony conviction. The general public does not have a good idea of the types of people we incarcerate. And, their convictions are many times charges that do not reflect the whole list of original offenses. Plea bargaining drops many charges. Our Tea Party legislators are concerned only with saving state expenditures. If the criminals commit new offenses in the community, the local communities bear the cost rather than the state.

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deec 6 months, 2 weeks ago

If marijuana were legalized, it would cut down on prison populations considerably. The state could also tax it and generate revenue. This wouldn't be good for the prison-industrial complex, however. Some contracts require near-capacity prisons or the states are contractually obligated to compensate the companies. http://rt.com/usa/private-prison-lockup-quota-108/

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oldvet 6 months, 2 weeks ago

Outsource the excess to Mexico. They will do it for about $2/person/day. We save money and they make a profit...

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repaste 6 months, 2 weeks ago

Aside from drugs, why is the mental health unit 1/2 the per prisoner cost? $50,000 per prisoner for housing, staffing, utilities, Health Care!, seems we should be more selective with whom we incarcerate

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repaste 6 months, 2 weeks ago

The BOP website has drug offences listed as 46% of incarcerated prisoners. Yes, most are not simple possession, yet the argument might be to put more prison/law enforcement resources towards crimes that might affect our lives more directly.

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Tradways 6 months, 2 weeks ago

I'm tired of people commenting that prisons are full of drug users. Poss of felony drugs is never a presumptive prison sententence unless the have 2 or more convictions for person felonies or were already on felony probation/parole when they committed the offense. They get sent to prison for violating their probation time and time again. Its a lame excuse by uninformed liberals to blame government. Our current republican legislature is allowing more and more high risk offenders to stay on the streets with low supervision requirements and Less consequences for violating probation. The republicans shut down low risk KDOC facilities to save money for one year, but end up costing more in the years ahead.

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ridikkulus 6 months, 2 weeks ago

Hmm.. Privatized prisons... So, more customers=more profit?

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b8es 6 months, 2 weeks ago

End the drug war and the problem solves itself.

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William Weissbeck 6 months, 2 weeks ago

That's a sad commentary on Kansas that the prison population increases while the state's overall population is stagnant.

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patkindle 6 months, 2 weeks ago

when druggies get 30 or 40 years, and killers get 5 to10 years this does not seem to be money well spent

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consumer1 6 months, 2 weeks ago

It is an unfortunate fact, Prison's are now housing the mentally ill population which used to be housed by the federal gov't. Everyone got taken to the cleaners when the feds mandated the mentally ill hospitals be closed. Of all the populations, the mentally ill are most vulneralbe in a prison setting. Ultimately, we the state, will need to rebuild mental facilities just to keep those who are unable to manage their lives due to mental illness. This is a fact! I have had my moments on this blog when I complain about the homeless population of Lawrence. However, at this point, I much prefer my taxes going to care and house those who are suffering from mental illness. Prison is not designed for their needs. To make it so, is to pass the buck which ultimately makes the mentally ill the losers.

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Paul R Getto 6 months, 2 weeks ago

End the war on drugs. Will free up lots of space.

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