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Sedgwick County commissioners could decide on jail consultants' future

WICHITA —After months of delays, Justice Concepts Inc. is expected to find out this week if it can continue to work on jail overcrowding in Sedgwick County.

Commissioners are scheduled to vote Wednesday on whether to allow the firm to finish its contract, which expired in June. Consultants Nancy Insco and Allen Beck signed a $124,616 contract with the county in August 2008 to reduce the jail's population by 25 percent within 10 months.

Citing problems with cooperation and a lack of data, Justice Concepts didn't meet that goal and, according to its new plan to finish its original work by May 31, doesn't plan to.

The new deadline for that goal is marked "NA" —or not applicable — on a new schedule of tasks commissioners will consider Wednesday.

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