Legislative leadership OKs $18 million for prisons; former secretary says it’s not enough

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Photo credit: Kansas Department of Corrections

Legislative leadership on Wednesday released about $18 million for a beleaguered Corrections Department, but one veteran agency official fears it won't be enough to solve an overcrowding problem.

The state Finance Council, made up of the governor and legislative leaders, agreed to give the Corrections Department money to raise salaries, outsource beds and treat prisoners for hepatitis C.

However, the council held onto other money that would have gone toward relieving overcrowding in a women's prison and purchasing even more bed space elsewhere.

The Legislature gave the Finance Council the ability to control that money when lawmakers complained . . .

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