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House votes to increase penalty for guard/prisoner sex

TOPEKA — The House of Representatives today gave its final approval to increasing penalties for guards and other corrections employees who illegally have sex with prisoners.

On a 123-0 vote, representatives approved a House-Senate conference report on Senate Bill 434.

The centerpiece of the bill raises illegal sex with an inmate from a level 10 felony to level five. The practical effect increases the sentence from a presumption of probation to a presumption of prison time.

The bill also increases penalties for corrections workers who smuggle weapons, drugs or other contraband into a facility.

The bill also would require the Parole Board to review the cases of some prisoners who were incarcerated before 1993, to determine whether they would be eligible for release under sentencing guidelines that have been revised since then.