Large number of parolees, offenders in Wichita is straining city

March 17, 2019 - 11:55 am

Sedgwick County and the City of Wichita has the largest concentration of registered offenders and parolees in the state.  Wichita Police say this poses risks to public safety.

Through June 30 of last year, 1,269 people were released under parole supervision to the County, according to data from the Kansas Department of Corrections.  Many of these individuals came from other counties or states.  Meanwhile the larger populated area of Johnson County in the KC Metro area had just 360 parolees released there.

Over 2,800 people in Sedgwick County were on the state's offender registry for certain violent, sex or drug crimes, more than three times the number of registered offenders in Johnson County.

The information surprised Sedgwick County Sheriff Jeff Easter.

Experts say because Wichita is the state's largest city, there are many resources and job opportunities available.

But Federal statistics show serious crimes are more likely to be committed by parolees after their release from incarceration.

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