Change for parole violators gets mixed reviews

Handcuffs (KSN File Photo)

HUTCHINSON, Kansas (AP) – A law that allows brief jail stays for minor parole violations is getting mixed reviews from corrections officials and law enforcement agencies in Reno County.

The law enacted last July lets offenders avoid having their parole revoked for small violations, in exchange for short prison stays. Since then Reno County has made more use of the law than any other county per capita.

Secretary of Corrections Ray Roberts says the law has freed up prison space across the state, helping reduce overcrowding.

Reno County Deputy District Attorney Tom Stanton says he supports the idea behind the bill, but he has found it difficult to enforce. And he says the sanctions don’t do anything to change people’s behavior.

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