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WICHITA, KS (KSN) – Municipal court procedures regarding cases of domestic violence will soon change for convicted offenders.
On Tuesday, Sedgwick County Council members reviewed the 2012 mandate by the state that will require offenders to pay for mandatory treatment. Based on the new law, offenders will have to take a 24-week class that would cost anywhere between $500 to $720. Angela Lampe, the Executive Director for the YWCA aggress with the decision.
“This is definitely a move in the right direction,” said Lampe. “It’s positive for us as a community.
Others calls the decision like Shawana Mobley, who is the chair of the Wichita Sedgwick County Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Coalition, calls the decision bitter sweet. Mobely also works as a private provider who assess and treats offenders. She said the system is already stressed with district court cases and many offenders struggle to make those payments. Mobley fears adding municipal cases to the caseload, will only stress the system further.
“There’s good and bad coming with it and if people will acknowledges its a huge shift,” said Mobley. “It could probably be a good thing in the long run. If we start to see lots of people going to jail, then I think we need to go to the State and say this is to big of a burden on Sedgwick County.”
Council members will officially adopt the new state law next week, whish is slated to take effect July 1st.