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4,198 days in: Meet the Douglas County Jail’s 5 longest residents

AS long as they are allowed to fire court appointed legal assistance as many times as they please it seems to me some have discovered a means to stay in douglas county. Where did this privilege come from?

They must know that committing crimes could land them in prison sooner or later.

Is jail time not a deterrent to crime?

It seems to me as I read..... Douglas County needs a Mental Health Campus pronto before we need twice as many new jail cells.

Local jails are tax dollar money holes.

The college town Iowa City voted no three times on a jail expansion proposal with the jail population decreasing all along the way. They appear to have a significantly reduced jail population at this point in time. From what I heard the taxpayers were being told the same story we are being told as to why a larger jail would be best. Yet their jail population has continued to drop.

One reason our new privatized prison system is becoming over crowded is that the private prison corporations have been given complete authority to decide IF
an inmate can be paroled..... instead of leaving the decision to the judicial system. In order to maximize investments prisoned must be kept at capacity 24/7 which of course is billed to we the taxpayer.

Another back door tax increase designed by conservative politicians.

April 22, 2018 at 4:50 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Opinion: The ghost of Sam Brownback appears

United States of ALEC – Bill Moyers
http://www.democracynow.org/2012/9/27...

ALEC Subversive Activity
http://www.rightwingwatch.org/report/...

ALEC – The Voice of Corporate Special Interests in State Legislatures
http://www.pfaw.org/rww-in-focus/alec...

=== Pay close attention to this 24/7 organized activity:
American Legislative Exchange Council Boot Camp Team http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2...

ALEC EXPOSED – The Koch Connection
http://www.thenation.com/article/1619...

ALEC – Ghostwriting The Law for Corporate America
http://www.justice.org/cps/rde/xchg/j...

April 21, 2018 at 5:05 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Opinion: The ghost of Sam Brownback appears

Club for Growth is also led by ALEC and was designed by a former Brownback chief of staff. Each state has a chapter in addition to the ALEC controlled chamber of commerce and state level chambers of commerce.

April 21, 2018 at 4:06 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas governor signs bill to bar guns from domestic abusers

So which category did the young man who killed Parkland students fall under?

April 21, 2018 at 3:46 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas officials boost projected tax collections by $540M

Can we say more political spin from those suffering from the ALEC ANTI PUBLIC EDUCATION DISEASE. Among other ALEC illnesses.

ALEC also infects comprehension growth:

"Lawmakers last year reversed past income tax cuts to help balance the budget after years of financial woes. They also boosted education funding, though the state Supreme Court ruled in October that at more than $4 billion a year, it still wasn’t sufficient under the Kansas Constitution."

April 21, 2018 at 3:42 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Hundreds of Lawrence students gather in South Park for National School Walkout rally

IT'S good that these young people see fit to let their opinions be known AND it's good that so many parents are standing with their children even as they march in the streets.

April 21, 2018 at 3:38 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Hundreds of Lawrence students gather in South Park for National School Walkout rally

MAJORITY ACROSS THE USA WANT NEW STRICT REGULATIONS THAT MAKE IT AGAINST THE LAW TO OWN OR SELL ASSAULT/MILITARY/LAW ENFORCEMENT STYLE WEAPONS.... ACCORDING TO THE NEWS.

Politicians will say anything to shut americans up about guns when in reality are only waiting for this massive teen slaughter situation to run out of steam.

This is why the loud voices for replacing all laws with new regulations need to stay active and loud.

WE don't need to own assault weapons, military style assault weapons, weapons that can accept magazines or SWAT team style weapons. The second amendment did not approve these weapons.

Law enforcement KNOWS very well assault weapons and open carry places them and all of us in harms way to a greater extreme than ever before.

When assault weapons are retired by law enforcement and the defense department they should go quickly to an iron industry to be melted down.

Gun sales finance NRA special interest political campaigns. Can we say no more special interest political donations?

Arming teachers is not the answer.

April 21, 2018 at 3:36 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

County says Justice Matters using wrong law to try to force mental health vote; group plans to start petition drive on Saturday

The mail out suggested that property taxes could be increased and some services would be cut. Which services and to what extent was not offered.

April 21, 2018 at 3:30 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

County says Justice Matters using wrong law to try to force mental health vote; group plans to start petition drive on Saturday

What is being done about the issues that promote over crowding?

Concerns:
The ALEC /Brownback people put an end to the speedy trial effort by allowing alleged violators to stay in jail for 150 days instead of 90 days.

That will increase jail population.

I think I understood this next statement correctly ..... prisoners can decline a legal counsel as many times as they wish which means another legal counsel will need to be appointed which also drags out the time a prisoner can stay behind bars.

This will also increase the jail population.

Isn't there something wrong with this picture? We need to know how and why both of these situations came about. Which means until we know more this ballot may need to be placed on the back burner. If neither of the above are eliminated then more jail space will never be the answer.

It would also be good to give the mental health campus time to work which would provide we taxpayers with a better picture as to how many new jail beds Douglas County actually needs.

April 21, 2018 at 3:11 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

County says Justice Matters using wrong law to try to force mental health vote; group plans to start petition drive on Saturday

It appears that jail space is not a deterrent to criminal activity based on what I read. Perhaps more employment paying decent wages say about $24.00 per hour might be more effective? Has this been studied?

After reading documents presented by the Proposition 1 supporters it appears in the mail out should the jail/mental health treatment vote fail the county commission has implied it can and most likely will move forward with a property tax increase to construct additional jail cells. It was not clear about any Mental Health support that is being discussed.

This is the part that I find disturbing. Did I misunderstand what I read?

I see no reason why the issue cannot be tabled until November and redesign the ballot. Fewer jail cells and more mental health treatment funding. The pragmatic approach.

What is being done about the issues that promote over crowding?

April 21, 2018 at 3:08 p.m. ( | suggest removal )