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Kansas prison system overcrowded and understaffed, says Department of Corrections secretary

You are correct that for men, the ratio is about 1:6. I realize that you think that number is low (some still think that it is high) but that is why I put the information out there. Many people want to claim that American Prisons are filled with petty drug users. It simply just isn’t the case. True enough, 1,600 inmates is a high number, and the population would constitute about one prison in Kansas, but it does not constitute the majority.

As for your theory on drug dealer/user retribution, I do not think that is a statistic that ever could be verified, and I know that it happens. But, what I think is a more telling theory is the amount of property crimes that occur by drug users to get money for the drug. Why would you think that number would be any less if drugs were legalized? I would also like to point out that the mafia did not stop committing crimes simply because prohibition was lifted and we still have a high number of alcohol related crimes to this day. Simply repealing drug laws will likely not have the desired effect of reducing crime or prison populations, in my opinion, to the degree which is claimed by the legalization movement.

September 21, 2011 at 1:34 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas prison system overcrowded and understaffed, says Department of Corrections secretary

The information comes from the Kansas Department of Corrections website.

http://www.doc.ks.gov/publications

Each year they publish many reports. The statistics I used were taken from this report, which is available on PDF. You will have to click on the approriate one to open it up.

Statistical Profile: FY 2010 Offender Population - This report provides a detailed statistical profile of adult offenders in the Kansas correctional system and describes the State's offender commitment and release trends.

The information concerning which statutes constitute which violation, Marijuana or Coke or Meth, is better understood by looking at Kansas Drug Attorney websites which put the statute into layman terms. Here are two if you want verification.

http://www.kansascitycriminaldefensel...

http://www.kansas-criminal-defense-la...

The information you asked about Parole Violations might be in this report, but could possibly be lumped into Parole violations. I did not look to see if they were broken up in a more detailed manner.

I do not agree with your assessment of "Drug Laws keeping the Prison System flooded" though. Roughly 19% of the Kansas Prison Population is incarcerated for a drug offense, that is true, but that means over 80%, the vast majority, are for other offenses. The report breaks down all offense groups if you are interested.

September 21, 2011 at 12:45 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas prison system overcrowded and understaffed, says Department of Corrections secretary

Here is the list for Drug Offenses by Statute with the corresponding number of incarcerated inmates in Parenthesis.

Offense Statute/Description (After Statutorial Recodification, Effective 7-1-2009) Total inmates incarcerated for each statute in parentheses.

21-36A03 Unlawful Manufacture or Attempt to Manu. Controlled Substance ( 4)
21-36A05 Sale/Dist./Cultivation Opiate, Opium, Narc. or Designated Stimulants ( 63)
21-36A06 Possession of Opiates,Opium, Narc.Drugs or Designated Stimulants (37)
21-36A09 Possession of Paraphernalia or Presursor with Intent to Manu., Grow (11)
21-36A10 Drug Paraphernalia; Delivery (2)
21-36A16 Drugs; Proceeds from Violation of Controlled Substance Act (1)
Offense Statute/ Description (Under Sentencing Guidelines Act)
65-4127 BB Sale/Offer Depress., Stim., Halluc., Steroids (1)
65-4152 Poss. Of Equip.for Producing Contolled. Subs. (15)
65-4159 (1) Unlawful Manu. of Controlled Subs. (3rd Offense) ( 37)
65-4159 B1 Unlawful Manu. of Controlled Subs.(1st Offense) (167)
65-4159 B2 Unlawful Manu. of Controlled Subs.(2nd Offense) ( 6)
65-4159 D Unlawful Manu. of Cont. Subs. (1000 ft. School) (0)
65-4160 A Possession of Opiates, Opium, Narcotic Drugs (1st) (527)
65-4160 B Possession of Opiates, Opium, Narcotic Drugs (2nd) (22)
65-4160 C Possession of Opiates, Opium, Narcotic Drugs (3rd) (19)
65-4161 A Sale/Possess. Opiates, Narcotics (1st Offense) ( 298)
65-4161 B Sale/Possess. Opiates, Narcotics (2nd Offense) (41)
65-4161 C Sale/Possess. Opiates, Narcotics (3rd Offense) (22)
65-4161 D Sale/Possess. Opiates, Narcotics (1000 ft. School) (44)
65-4162 A Possession Depressants, Stimulants, Hallu. Drugs (96)
65-4163 A Sale/Possess. Depress., Stim., Hallu. (135)
65-4163 B Sale/Poss. Depress., Stim., Hallu. (1000 ft School) (18)
65-7006 Poss. Of Ephedrine, Pseudophedrine, or Phenyl. (77)
[Statute Not Avail.] Other Drug Offense (Not Yet Categorized) (2)
Offense Statute/Description (Prior to Sentencing Guidelines Act)
21-4214 Obtain. Prescription-only Drug by Fraudulent Means (1)
65-4127 A1 Involving Opiates, Opium, or Narcotics (16)
65-4127 BB Possession/Control of Depres./Stim./Halluc./Ster. (1)
65-4153 Simulating Controlled Subs. or Drug Paraphernalia (3)
65-4159 Unlawful Manufacture of a Controlled Substance (1)

Subtotal: Drug Offenses Male 1,464 Female 203 Total 1,667
Percent of Total Kansas Incarcerated: Male 17.7% Female 33.8% Total 18.8%

The two Statutes that usually contain Marijuana violations are 65-4162 and 65-4143 BUT are not limited to Marijuana only, so even if you pretend that all those two convictions have something to do with Marijuana you still only get a grand total of 231 people, out of a total prison population of over 9,000.

Statute 65-4160, which is by far the highest, is usually cocaine (including crack) and Meth

September 21, 2011 at 11:45 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas prison system overcrowded and understaffed, says Department of Corrections secretary

Here are the actual FACTS concerning the Kansas Offender Incarcerated Population. Drug Offense convictions make up 18.8%, or 1,667 inmates, of the Kansas Department of Corrections Incarcerated Population in 2010. 2010 is the most recent year they have records because 2011 hasn’t been published yet but it is unlikely to be that different. Maybe all you “Prisons are overcrowded because Marijuana is criminalized” people will learn something, but I seriously doubt it.

Of those 1,667 inmates in 2010, their convictions are broken down by which Kansas Statute they violated.

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September 21, 2011 at 11:43 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Dow above 12,000 for first time in over 2 years

I let Mr. Buffett handle my investing. And no, I am not referring to Jimmy.

February 2, 2011 at 8:35 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Older Lawrence residents recall severe snow storms from years past

Ms. Metz,

Do those totals start over at midnight? Just curious as to how they come up with it. So, if it starts snowing at 6pm and snows until 8am, do they keep two seperate totals for the same storm?

February 2, 2011 at 8:33 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Older Lawrence residents recall severe snow storms from years past

Ms. Metz,

Do those totals start over at midnight? Just curious as to how they come up with it. So, if it starts snowing at 6pm and snows until 8am, do they keep two seperate totals for the same storm?

February 2, 2011 at 8:33 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Missing history

It has absolute credibility. Your argument that we invite many of these tribes back to Kansas to celebrate the aniversary is absurd, since you so correctly stated above, are not native to Kansas and most were here less than 20 years.

Which was my point entirely.

Either way, I respect the rights of the Native Americans, and wish success to all. It is better to move on in todays world than to try and argue for America to be given back to the individual tribes, because that will not happen and is just wasting effort on an unrealistic goal.

February 1, 2011 at 11:15 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Older Lawrence residents recall severe snow storms from years past

I remember the storms in '79 and '84. I had to walk through the snow drifts on foot too. Except I did it "Barefoot".

February 1, 2011 at 8:35 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Wally Judge quits K-State basketball team

"Is Frank Martin going to become the KSU Mark Mangino?"

Only if he eats the rest of his players in two days.

February 1, 2011 at 8:25 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

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