Kansas Senate approves parental early release program

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A bill that would release some prisoners who are parents has received final approval in the Kansas Senate.

The vote Tuesday was 40-0, sending the measure to the House.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that the bill allows the Kansas secretary of corrections to transfer low and moderate-risk inmates from prisons to house arrest as part of a community parenting release if they satisfy several requirements.

The inmates must have custody of a child, have no convictions for sex offenses or dangerous felonies, must not be eligible for deportation and must have less than a year remaining on their prison sentences.

Supporters included the Department of Corrections and the Kansas Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Jeff King says the effort has been successful in Washington state.

 

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