Kelly speaks out against ‘all-punitive’ prison system

Wichita (ap) — Gov. Laura Kelly says she wants to move the state’s prison system from “all-punitive to much more therapeutic.”

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that Kelly made the comment Tuesday while speaking to more than 200 people at a Wichita school district administration building. Kelly says she has learned challenges within the Kansas Department of Corrections are worse than anticipated. In the search for a replacement to the agency’s interim leader, the governor said she would seek someone eager to properly staff prisons and transition the facilities to a rehabilitative footing.

She also says Kansas should engage in sentencing reform because too many people were being thrown in prison. And she added that too many were held long after a point at which it had any benefit.

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