By Lauren Bonds
Sedgwick County District Attorney Marc Bennett argues that expanding mental health and drug rehabilitative treatment will help people avoid the cascading supervision violations that land them in prison. We don’t disagree. In fact, we believe Bennett could offer those services through diversion.
- Kansas’ prison population has nearly quadrupled since 1980
- Kansas spent $347 million on corrections in 2016
- Corrections costs rose 179% between 1985 and 2016
- Sedgwick County’s solution? A $6.8 million jail expansion offering more space for prosecutors to prosecute.