Consultant skips another deadline

Justice Concepts Inc., hired by Sedgwick County to find ways to reduce the jail's population, has missed another deadline.

The firm's 10-month contract with the county expired in June, and county commissioners recently voted not to give the consultants more time to finish their work — with the exception of a few tasks already started.

One of those projects was a report about whether it would make sense to use closed prison facilities in Labette and Butler counties to house jail inmates.

The county has been withholding a $7,200 payment until it received those reports.

Justice Concepts said it would turn in its recommendations by April 19 but didn't do so. Last June, consultant Nancy Insco said the report about Labette County was on the hard drive of her computer at work.

On April 14, commissioners voted to end its relationship with Justice Concepts and not pay the remainder of the original $124,616 contract, about $46,167, except for any pending work already started.

The county has paid the consultants $78,449 of the contract it signed in August 2008. Commissioners agreed to pay Justice Concepts an additional $28,511 last year for work, including the $7,200 for the Labette and Butler reports.

Commissioners are expected to talk about the missing report today at their meeting with county staff.