Sex predator program costs to double by 2025, report says

TOPEKA, Kansas (AP) – The state’s auditing agency says that the cost of civilly committing sexual predators for treatment in Kansas will double during the next 10 years.

The Legislative Division of Post-Audit presented a report Tuesday that estimates the program’s cost will increase from $13.9 million in 2014 to between $26 million and $34 million in 2025.

In Kansas, offenders deemed sexual predators are committed to a Larned State Hospital after they serve their criminal penalties.

The number of patients in the program has grown to 258 and just three have been released since the program was launched in 1994, while 27 have died during their confinement.

The report also found deficiencies in the way patients are assessed. The agency running the program says many of the report’s recommendations have already been implemented.

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