KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly said Tuesday she is working with the Kansas Department of Corrections to determine if there is a chance to release some inmates early.
The news comes as at least one state facility, the Lansing Correctional Facility, reported eight inmates and nine staff members have tested positive for COVID-19.
Medical professionals have long worried about prison populations being particularly vulnerable during a pandemic. Kelly said that while inmates who have tested positive have been quarantined away from other inmates, the issue served as a reason to review current policies. KSHB Local KS News
These politicians have no real clue what is going on in their streets or the best way to protect and serve the public. These types of decisions show that they have no clue what is really going on, unless they have a hidden agenda to release the convicted people back onto the streets before their sentence is completed.
I believe non-violent inmates should have the opportunity for early release, the ones that were convicted of stupid decisions and judged and sentenced by a system that is corrupt and jails overfill with people that simply made a dumb decision.
KSHB released the following statement from the Kansas Governor:
“We’re also going through the list of those who were close to release and looking to see which ones are those have we we call ‘viable plans’ to have a place to live, that they have a job to do, that they have what it takes to be released successfully back into the community,” Kelly said.
“We’re processing all of that and hopefully we’ll be able to move quite a few of those folks back into their communities.”
Kelly said they are working through several issues before releasing any inmates back into the community, including notifying community stakeholders and local officials.
The violent and the sexual predators should not be part of these decisions nor should they be allowed early release. All we can do is wait and see what they deem is worthy of release and what is not.
Chris “Badger” Thomas is a Veteran who served our country as an Army Combat Medic.
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