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Sedgwick County to end relationship with Justice Concepts

Sedgwick County commissioners voted unanimously this morning to end a relationship with jail consultant Justice Concepts Inc.

The county had hired the Kansas City-area firm in August 2008 to reduce its jail population by 25 percent. The consultants failed to do so and failed to deliver reports during their work. Their contract expired in June.

Justice Concepts had asked the county to allow it to continue its work until May 31 to receive final payment of its $124,616 contract.

But commissioners agreed the county’s relationship with Justice Concepts had deteriorated. The Wichita Eagle recently published several e-mails obtained under the Kansas Open Records Act in which consultant Nancy Insco referred to a county official as  “Mr. CYA” and used language such as “screw us over.” “CYA” is an abbreviation for “cover your ass.”

Most recently, The Eagle reported that sheriff Robert Hinshaw said he considered an e-mail Insco sent to commissioners Gwen Welshimer and Kelly Parks, who had been Justice Concepts’ biggest supporters, deceptive.

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