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 . . .