TOPEKA | Corrections Secretary Roger Werholtz says he's concerned about his department's ability to maintain programs that help prepare inmates for release and monitor them once they leave prison.
Werholtz spoke today to the House Appropriations Committee. He outlined where the agency has been forced to make more than $24 million in cuts in the past year. Those reductions have included reducing programs for education, drug treatment and community corrections.
In addition, the corrections system has reduced the number of spaces it has by 447 beds with the closing of smaller facilities. Capacity is now 8,870 inmates.
Werholtz says that based on current intake levels of new inmates, the Kansas system will need additional bed space for male inmates within two years.