Sedgwick County commissioners this morning said they were anxious to learn more about why paperwork to move inmates headed to state prison from the jail is taking 60 to 90 days.
The Eagle wrote about the backlog of reports called journal entries in Sunday’s paper. The reports are required to be filed before the jail can transfer an inmate sentenced to state custody. In some cases, the paperwork is taking up to 100 days. The district attorney’s office says their normal turnaround time is four weeks. From the district attorney’s office, the journal entries go to lawyers and a judge for signing and then to a court clerk for filing. In Johnson County, the turnaround time for journal entries averages about 18 days.
Commissioners said they were unaware of the problem, which is contributing to jail overcrowding.
The issue is on the agenda for the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council’s meeting at 10 a.m. Thursday.
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Commissioner Dave Unruh said those involved in journal entries need to speed up the process so “we can get off the front page.”
The council meets in the conference room of the county manager’s office on the third floor of the courthouse.