The American Civil Liberties Union of Kansas on Wednesday issued a report critical of what it calls a “severe under-utilization” of diversion practices by county prosecutors across the state, but highlighted the practices of Shawnee County District Attorney Michael Kagay as an example of a positi
"Kansas should adopt a more sustainable and comprehensive approach to criminal justice — an approach that will address issues like mental illness, addiction, rehabilitation and poverty instead of just throwing more and more offenders behind bars."
"Expansion of diversion programs alone may be inadequate to relieve the crowding pressures on the Douglas County Jail. But it is the kind of incarceration alternative that should be maximized as a means of offsetting the cost of jail expansion."
The Lawrence Journal-World outlines how the increased use of diversion could impact Douglas County.
The American Civil Liberties Union of Kansas has called for a school district in the Kansas City area to eliminate a policy prohibiting public complaints about individuals at board meetings.
ACLU calls for independent investigation into racial harassment claims against SM South coach, says Shawnee Mission is ‘on notice’
The American Civil Liberties Union of Kansas this week called on the Shawnee Mission School District to appoint an independent investigator to look into four students’ claims of racial harassment by a coach at Shawnee Mission South.