Choice to lead Kansas prison system facing criticism

Matthew Harding
June 02, 2019 - 5:32 pm

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Kansas Governor Laura Kelly is catching some heat for her pick to run the state prison system.

The Wichita Eagle reports Jeffrey Zmuda was criticized earlier this year by a judge in Idaho, where he is the deputy director of Idaho's prison system. The judge told Zmuda he gave "disingenuous" testimony in a lawsuit over access to execution records.  Over the past year, Zmuda has been entangled in a lawsuit in Idaho aimed at forcing the release of records relating to inmate executions in 2011 and 2012. Idaho officials kept finding more documents over the past year, prompting the judge's statement in a March ruling. 

Kelly announced his appointment as Kansas corrections secretary last week, effective July 1. Kelly's office is standing behind Zmuda.

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