Recent Kansas law eyed to help prison population

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Corrections Secretary Ray Roberts says recent changes in post-release supervision of convicted offenders should help control growth in the state’s prison population before more beds are needed.

Roberts said Wednesday the changes could result in 100 fewer people being returned to prison in each of the next two years for technical violations. He also said the savings would be reinvested in programs to treat substance abuse and mental health problems among prison inmates.

As of Wednesday, Roberts said, the state’s male prison population was 8,877, or 78 over capacity. The female population was 761, or 34 below capacity.

The Kansas Sentencing Commission is expected to issue new forecasts for prison populations in the coming weeks.

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