Maybe Sedgwick County's faith in Justice Concepts Inc. will have been justified in the long run, by getting the jail population numbers under control. Maybe its work really will be "the most important thing to happen to Sedgwick County," as County Commissioner Gwen Welshimer boldly predicted. And maybe commissioners' additional assignments are to blame for extending the consultant's work beyond the June 4 expiration of the contract. But the bottom line is that the consultant hasn't reduced the jail population or even turned in recommendations and reports, yet the county is poised to give the firm $37,000 more on its $124,000 contract. Doing so may be necessary, but it will only further public doubts about local governments' reliance on outside consultants.
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