Sedgwick County's alternative programs are doing a good job diverting people from jail. But as Delores Craig-Moreland of Wichita State University reported this week, the county still has an incarceration rate higher than the national average. Part of the problem is that state lawmakers keep passing new laws aimed at cracking down on various crimes. And some of these laws are punishable by stays in jail, which locals pay for, rather than in prison, which is a state budget responsibility. So lawmakers can appear tough on crime without having to figure out how to pay for it.