Kansas Legislature approves prison misconduct bill

TOPEKA | The Kansas Legislature has approved a bill that would increase penalties for sexual misconduct or trafficking contraband in state prisons.

The House and Senate both approved the legislation Wednesday.

The bill arose after a state audit of state prisons and recommendations from a consultant concerning the Topeka Correctional Facility. Those actions were taken after The Topeka Capital-Journal reported on sex between inmates and corrections officers at the Topeka prison for women.

Under the bill, unlawful sexual relations would result in a presumptive prison sentence. Offenders also would be required to register as sex offenders. The bill also includes tougher penalties for trafficking contraband in prisons.