Panel urges millions for new specialized prison beds


A panel studying criminal justice reform in Kansas is urging the Legislature to spend almost $50 million for new beds for prisoners suffering from substance abuse or older inmates needing cognitive care.

The Kansas Criminal Justice Reform Commission on Monday recommended spending as much as $14.5 million to renovate state buildings to add up to 500 beds for inmates with substance abuse problems or geriatric prisoners.

The yearly cost of operations for both facilities — up to 250 beds each — would be an estimated $13 million.

The panel also recommended that the Legislature allocate about $21 million to build a . . .


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