Public Safety in Kansas
- Fact Sheet: 1 in 31: The Long Rearch of American Corrections Kansas
- Testimony of Roger Werholtz, Secretary, Kansas Department of Corrections
- New Communities Initiative in Wichita Brief
- Work in the States: Sentencing and Corrections in Kansas
- Justice Reinvestment State Brief: Kansas
- Tough and Smart: Opportunities for Kansas Policymakers to Reduce Crime and Spending (April 2007)
- Kansas Criminal Justice Public Opinion Survey
- Policy Options to Increase Public Safety and Manage the Growth of the Prison Population
- Case Study: Sentencing and Corrections Reform in Kansas
- Tough and Smart: Opportunities for Kansas Policymakers to Reduce Crime and Spending (December 2006)
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.