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.

The Justice Reinvestment approach will help to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of our criminal justice system, which will ultimately make our state an even safer place to live and work.”
-Governor Sam Brownback

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.