Kansas bill seeks more notice of offender release

Jail bars (KSN File Photo)
Jail bars (KSN File Photo)

TOPEKA, Kansas (AP) – The mother of a drunken driving crash victim is urging lawmakers to support a bill that would require crime victims to receive at least two weeks warning, when feasible, before an offender is released.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that Wichita teacher Avis Crosby testified Wednesday for the bill. She says she wasn’t notified until Aug. 29 that the driver who killed her son and another relative was set to be released Sept. 5.

Crosby said that because of the Labor Day holiday, she had only one business day to attempt to appeal the release. Her efforts led to the driver being re-routed to a Hutchinson work release facility.

One of the people she sought help from was Democratic Sen. Oletha Faust-Goudeau, of Wichita, who pre-filed the bill.

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