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Sedgwick County appoints sheriff as head of criminal justice group

Sedgwick County Sheriff Robert Hinshaw will lead the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council, a group charged with trying to reduce the jail’s population and improve the county’s criminal justice system.

The council makes recommendation to the county about criminal justice issues.

The county is trying desperately to find ways to reduce its jail population and avoid spending tens of millions on a jail expansion.

The council is made up of county and city leaders and criminal justice leaders such as judges, prosecutors and corrections officials.