Kansas prisons get more money; provisions 

May 08, 2019 - 7:04 pm

Gov. Laura Kelly and Kansas legislators agreed that the state's prison system needed funds to boost employees' pay, deal with inmate crowding and address other problems.

They also agreed on a figure of almost $36 million.

But the Department of Corrections, and Kelly are unhappy because of strings legislators attached to the new funds.

One provision blocks a plan to temporarily close a cell house at a maximum-security prison for men because of staffing problems there. Interim Corrections Secretary Roger Werholtz said another provision could thwart the department's plans to create new space for female inmates.

And legislative leaders must sign off on how the prison system spends much of the money.

GOP Lawmakers argue the oversight is needed because of the size of the spending increase.

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