In 2007, the Legislature created a state-local “incentive” funding mechanism to keep probation violators in the community, increased the amount of good time that nonviolent inmates can earn and established additional earned time for completing education or treatment programs. Reinvestment of $7 million supported expanded community corrections and in-prison programs, and training in “risk-reduction” offender supervision.
Building on these reforms, Kansas lawmakers created a work group in 2012 to consider ways to further reduce recidivism and lower corrections costs. Recommendations from the work group—including use of “swift and certain” sanctions for probation violations and the opportunity for early discharge from supervision for compliant offenders who are low-risk and have paid restitution in full—were adopted by the Legislature in 2013. As a result, the prison population has grown slower than projected prior to the reforms.
SB 14 (2007) Establishes a community corrections grant program for probation departments that sets a performance goal of reducing revocations to prison by 20 percent from fiscal year 2006. Increases the amount of earned time an inmate convicted of the least serious drug offenses and non-drug offenses may earn. Creates a risk reduction program credit that grants inmates convicted of the least severe drug and non-drug offenses 60 days earned time upon completion of a treatment, vocational or educational program.
HB 2684 (2012)
HB 2170 (2013)
HB 2448 (2014)
HB 2051 (2015)
Summaries of legislation from 2010 or newer can be found in NCSL’s Sentencing and Corrections Enactment Database.
Return to NCSL’s Justice Reinvestment State Resources page or learn more about NCSL’s Criminal Justice program.