Politics & Government

Senate OKs tougher law on prison sex

Responding to a scathing audit of the Kansas prison system, the state Senate has approved a bill aimed at halting unlawful sexual relations between guards and inmates.

Thursday’s 40-0 vote sends the measure to the House.

The bill increases the penalties for unlawful sexual misconduct and trafficking contraband in Kansas prisons. Anyone convicted of unlawful sexual misconduct would have to register as a sex offender.

Auditors looked at instances of sexual misconduct at the Topeka prison for women, as well as relations between prison staff and inmates at El Dorado and Lansing. The audit recommended greater oversight by the corrections department, as well as tougher penalties.