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Jail consultants straining patience

Good for Sedgwick County Commissioner Dave Unruh for continuing to question the wisdom of giving an out-of-state consulting firm another 18 months and $228,000 to do the work it has yet to do under an earlier 10-month, $124,616 contract — reduce the Sedgwick County Jail's population by 25 percent. Jail overcrowding is a hard problem to fix, especially when so many inmates are in the jail for reasons the county can't control. But if commissioners decide next month to give Justice Concepts Inc. another chance, they need to better explain to the public why this isn't throwing good taxpayer money after bad.