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Public Safety in Kansas



Public Safety Performance Project > State Work > Kansas

With the prison population in Kansas projected to increase by 22 percent over 10 years in 2007, policy makers were faced with the prospect of appropriating nearly $500 million over 10 years to build and operate approximately 1,300 additional prison beds. To curb this rapid growth, Kansas enacted data-driven corrections reforms that strengthened community corrections programs.

While these efforts generated significant savings and helped control the size of prisons, the Kansas Sentencing Commission recently projected a 23 percent increase in prison population by 2021. State leaders are now working together to renew efforts to generate a better public safety return on the state’s corrections dollars.

In June 2012, Governor Brownback signed legislation that established an inter-branch, bipartisan working group to produce policy recommendations aimed at cutting corrections spending and breaking the cycle of recidivism. The group is receiving intensive technical assistance from the Council of State Governments Justice Center, in partnership with Pew and the U.S. Department of Justice. The state legislature is expected to review policy options when it convenes in 2013.

Fact Sheet | January 2012
Price of Prisons  arrow

Fact Sheet | March 2, 2009
1 in 31: The Long Rearch of American Corrections  arrow

Testimony | April 2009
Testimony of Roger Werholtz, Secretary, Kansas Department of Corrections  arrow  

Brief  | May 2008
New Communities Initiative in Wichita Brief  arrow  

Brief  | January 2008
Work in the States: Sentencing and Corrections in Kansas  arrow  

Brief  | October 2007
Justice Reinvestment State Brief: Kansas  arrow

Brief  | April 2007
Tough and Smart: Opportunities for Kansas Policymakers to Reduce Crime and Spending   arrow

Brief  | April 2007
Kansas Criminal Justice Public Opinion Survey  arrow

Brief  | March 2007
 Policy Options to Increase Public Safety and Manage the Growth of the Prison Population    arrow

Brief  | February 2007
Sentencing and Corrections Reform in Kansas arrow

Brief  | February 2007
Sentencing and Corrections Profile: Kansas  arrow

Brief  | December 2006
 Tough and Smart: Opportunities for Kansas Policymakers to Reduce Crime and Spending  arrow


Oregon News

Media Coverage | September 26, 2012
Hutchinson News: State Prisons Don't Follow the Crowd
One in 100 adults are in prison nationwide, according to a report released by the Pew Center on the States. But it's a different story in Kansas, where only about one in 239 adults are behind bars. arrow

Media Coverage | June 6, 2012
WIBW: Brownback Signs Bill Establishing Justice Reinvestment Team
Governor Sam Brownback signed legislation Wednesday that renews the state’s efforts to increase public safety, stem recent growth in its prison population and reduce recidivism. arrow

Media Coverage | January 14, 2009
Lawrence Journal-World: Bright Spot
Although Gov. Kathleen Sebelius tried to paint the state’s current status in the best possible light Monday night, the budget figures that followed on Tuesday didn’t provide a lot of reason for good cheer. arrow

Media Coverage | May 17, 2008
New York Times: New Tack on Straying Parolees Offers a Hand Instead of Cuffs
Since his release in January after serving time for a 2006 theft conviction, Lonnie Kemp has violated his parole conditions several times, getting drunk and kicked out of a halfway house and showing traces of marijuana in urine tests. If this were a few years ago, he almost certainly would be back in prison.arrow

Media Coverage | May 31, 2007
Lawrence Journal-World: Bill Provides State More Time to Build Prison Space
Probation supervisors across the state will be applying for new grants to keep offenders from getting their probation sentences revoked and taking up prison space. arrow

September 28, 2012
Public Safety Performance Project
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