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Some longtime inmates of the Douglas County Jail who are no longer there


At any given time there are at least a dozen inmates who’ve been in custody of the county jail more than a year, according to information I’ve obtained this year from the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office. But within that list — with the exception of a few inmates at the top — there is turnover.

I first requested the list of the jail’s dozen longest inmates in custody at the beginning of 2018. At least six of those on the list as of Jan. 5 have since been released from the jail.

As you saw in Sunday’s story detailing cases of the five longest inmates as of this month, most of the jail’s longest residents have a compilation of misdemeanor and lower-level felony cases — they’re not folks you’ve seen in the newspaper before.

I’ve gotten some reader requests for more information about longtime inmates beyond the top five. Deciphering case files complicated enough to cause these lengthy jail stays takes a lot of time. However, there are a few inmates who recently stayed over a year whom I can tell you about quickly, because they were charged with high-stakes felonies we previously covered in the newspaper.

These three were among six of the top-12 longest inmates in January who have since been released:

Ronald E. Throne, 32

Booked: May 30, 2016

Released: Jan. 9, 2018 — to prison, according to Kansas Department of Corrections records.

Throne is a persistent sexual offender, having been convicted last year in his second child molestation case. Following his arrest in the new case he remained jailed on $300,000 bond throughout the court proceedings — which included the full process from a preliminary hearing to a jury trial, and ultimately, his sentencing to more than 26 years in prison. He had a total of three appointed attorneys along the way.

In November 2017 a jury convicted Throne of multiple sex crimes against a 15-year-old girl in Lawrence, and he was sentenced in December 2017. His previous sex-offense conviction was in 2007 in Crawford County, where he victimized an 11-year-old in 2006, according to the Kansas Bureau of Investigation offender registry.

Ronald E. Throne II

Ronald E. Throne II

Tracy D. Releford, 51

Booked: Aug. 16, 2016

Released: March 2, 2018 — to prison in Missouri, where he was wanted for an alleged parole violation, according to Missouri Department of Corrections officials.

Releford was jailed in Douglas County more than a year and a half for what began as an aggravated human-trafficking case involving a teen, took a lengthy midcase timeout while a portion of the case was reviewed by the Kansas Court of Appeals, and was ultimately dismissed altogether.

The appeals court agreed with district court in throwing out the aggravated human-trafficking charge, and prosecutors tried to continue the case on the remaining charges but when a witness didn’t show up for Releford’s preliminary hearing in the case, the judge threw out the remaining charges.

Releford had previously been incarcerated in Missouri from the early 1990s until early 2016, when he was released on parole. He was convicted of murdering a man in 1991 in Kansas City, Mo., initially charged with first-degree murder in the fatal shooting but pleaded down to second-degree murder, according to Jackson County (Mo.) Circuit Court documents. Releford remains in prison in Missouri.

Tracy D. Releford

Tracy D. Releford

Jaered A. Long, 19

Booked: Nov. 1, 2016

Released: March 22, 2018 — to prison, according to KDOC records.

On top of being a first-degree murder case, Long’s case took several unusual turns before he ultimately was sentenced to prison — more than 48 years — in February.

Long was 16 when he was arrested, shortly after his grandmother Deborah Bretthauer, 67, was found dead — stabbed dozens of times with a bread knife — on Dec. 28, 2015, in her apartment in the 1200 block of George Court.

Initially, Long was charged as a juvenile with first-degree murder. Prosecutors filed a motion to try him as an adult in the case, and in October 2016 the judge agreed. In April 2017 he pleaded no contest and was convicted of second-degree murder as well as two felony counts of battery on law enforcement officers. In June 2017, when Long was supposed to be sentenced, his attorneys withdrew and he was appointed a new one. In February 2018, through his new attorney, Long asked to withdraw his earlier plea, but the judge denied his request and sentenced him.

Jaered A. Long

Jaered A. Long

— I’m the Journal-World’s public safety reporter. Reach me by email at sshepherd@ljworld.com or by phone at 785-832-7187. I’m also on Twitter, @saramarieshep.


Vicki Henry 3 weeks, 4 days ago

According to the NCMEC map there are over 874,725 men, women and children (as young as 8 and 10 in some states) required to register and the "crimes" range from urinating in public (indecent exposure), sexting, incest, mooning, exposure, false accusations by a soon-to-be ex-wife, angry girlfriend, or spiteful student, viewing abusive OR suggestive images of anyone 18 years old or younger, playing doctor, prostitution, solicitation, Romeo and Juliet consensual sexual dating relationships, rape, endangering the welfare of a child, the old bate-n-switch internet stings (taking sometimes 12 months before a person steps over the line) guys on the autism spectrum or with intellectual disabilities and many others.

If you multiply the number on the registry by 2 or 3 family members you can clearly see there are well over 3 million wives, children, moms, aunts, girlfriends, grandmothers and other family members who experience the collateral damage of being murdered, harassed, threatened, children beaten, have signs placed in their yards, homes set on fire, vehicles damaged, asked to leave their churches and other organizations, children passed over for educational opportunities, have flyers distributed around their neighborhood, wives lose their jobs when someone learns they are married to a registrant....all these things occur when these people try to hold their family together and provide the three things that professionals state are needed for successful re-integration; a job, a place to live and a “positive” support system.

Vicki Henry 3 weeks, 4 days ago

The Supreme Court’s Crucial Mistake About Sex Crime Statistics – ‘Frightening and High’ (Debunks the 80% recidivism rate cited by now SCOTUS Justice Kennedy)

It is very important that you read the abstract below and then the full 12 page essay by Ira Mark and Tara Ellman. ABSTRACT This brief essay reveals that the sources relied upon by the Supreme Court in Smith v. Doe, a heavily cited constitutional decision on sex offender registries, in fact provide no support at all for the facts about sex offender re-offense rates that the Court treats as central to its constitutional conclusions. This misreading of the social science was abetted in part by the Solicitor General’s misrepresentations in the amicus brief it filed in this case. The false “facts” stated in the opinion have since been relied upon repeatedly by other courts in their own constitutional decisions, thus infecting an entire field of law as well as policy making by legislative bodies. Recent decisions by the Pennsylvania and California supreme courts establish principles that would support major judicial reforms of sex offender registries, if they were applied to the actual facts. This paper appeared in Constitutional Commentary Fall, 2015. Google: Frightening and High

A study reviewing sex crimes as reported to police revealed that: a) 93% of child sexual abuse victims knew their abuser; b) 34.2% were family members; c) 58.7% were acquaintances; d) Only 7% of the perpetrators of child victims were strangers; e) 40% of sexual assaults take place in the victim’s own home; f) 20% take place in the home of a friend, neighbor or relative (Jill Levenson, PhD, Lynn University)

The public needs to decide if they want to continue to focus on those who, for the most part, are onetime offenders or if they see a greater need to fund programs like "Stop It Now" that teaches about grooming behaviors and other things in their Circles of Safety.

Lastly, when does redemption begin in the judgement eye of the ‘others’?

Women Against Registry ~ Fighting the Destruction of Families

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