Treatment and support services for ... inmates re-entering society cost $12.6 million two years ago. That was when mental health care, job training and community residential programs for people on parole helped make Kansas a national model for success.
Now the model has been dismantled. For the fiscal year beginning July, the corrections department will get about $5.3 million to fund those programs under Gov. Mark Parkinson’s budget recommendations.
To the taxpayer and government officials desperately trying to balance the state’s books, the short-term savings are hard to resist.
But experts know that a convict ill-prepared for “re-entry” — especially in this job market — may mean only rising crime in the coming years.
Should [an offender] violate his parole and be taken off the street, it will cost about $25,000 each year to incarcerate him.
Monday, April 05, 2010
Dumb on crime: Kansas cuts diversion programs keeping prison pop down
Kansas is headed down exactly down the path I fear Texas may go if state officials don't seriously consider closing unneeded prison units in the coming legislative session: The Jayhawk State is dismantling treatment and diversion programs that received national acclaim, risking an unintended rise in incarceration costs if more offenders on probation and parole are revoked. According to the Kansas City Star ("Kansas' model parole program collapses with state budget cuts," April 3):