Sound Off

Sound Off: Sometimes I see Journal-World crime articles that say a crime is a “Level-7” or “Level-6” felony. What does that mean?

The “levels” come from the Kansas Sentencing Grid, which sets ranges of penalties for judges to follow for certain offenses. The levels range from the most serious, such as murder, which is a Level-1 felony, to the least serious, such as failure to pay child support, which is a level-10 felony. Judges use the levels, along with someone’s criminal history, to determine the sentence. For more on the grid, visit


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