Tuesday, July 23, 2013

OH - No prison time for former Pike County chief deputy Clyde Franklin Sanders

Clyde Franklin Sanders
Clyde Franklin Sanders
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By Jona Ison

WAVERLY - A former Pike County Sheriff’s Office chief deputy was sentenced to community control on a child sex abuse charge.

In April, Clyde Franklin Sanders Jr. pleaded no contest to a single count of gross sexual imposition, a third-degree felony, as part of a plea agreement with prosecutors from the Ohio Attorney General’s Office.
- No prison!  One count of gross sexual imposition?  It's good to be a cop!  See the link at the bottom of this article for more details.  This man was charged with a ton of crimes, including kidnapping, and he's not getting any prison?

According to the Pike County Clerk of Courts office, Sanders was sentenced Monday to five years of community control and could go to prison for up to four years if he violates community control standards.

He also was classified as a Tier II sex offender, meaning Sanders will have to register his address and other information with his local sheriff’s office every 180 days for 25 years.

The decision to enter into a plea agreement was made with the support of the victim and her family in order to protect the juvenile from testifying and reliving the trauma of the sexual abuse,” said Dan Tierney, spokesman for the Ohio Attorney General’s office. “Prosecutors recommended that the defendant receive prison time due to the severity of the crime and because his role as a former law enforcement officer compounded the seriousness of the offense. While we are disappointed that the defendant was not sentenced to serve any time in prison, we do respect the court’s decision, and we are pleased that (Sanders) must register as a Tier II sex offender for the next 25 years.”
- This is just absurd!  If this were the average citizen, and not a cop, they'd be in prison for a long time for what he was accused of doing.

Sanders, who worked under former Sheriff Larry Travis, originally faced two counts of kidnapping, one count of rape and one count of gross sexual imposition, but they were amended to the single count he pleaded no contest to in April.

Because of Sanders’ former position in Pike County, the case had prosecutors assigned from the Ohio Attorney General’s Office. Retired Ross County Judge Jhan Corzine had been appointed to preside over the case.

According to the indictment, the gross sexual imposition charge stemmed from an alleged October 2008 encounter with a 3-year-old girl Sanders knew. The rape charge, which was dropped as a condition of the plea agreement, had alleged another encounter with the same child in January 2009.
- So much for being held to a higher standard!

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OK - Experts say sex offender registry is flawed

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A system for categorizing sex offenders that experts describe as flawed is causing local police departments and state prison workers in Oklahoma to spend time and money monitoring thousands of sex offenders who pose little risk to the public.

When the federal government imposed requirements on states in 2006 to create a three-tiered system for ranking sex offenders, Oklahoma lawmakers decided to base the tiers strictly on the crime an individual committed.

Because of that, more than 16 sexual crimes in Oklahoma result in offenders being required to register as sex offenders for life or for 25 years — an onerous restriction that imposes numerous requirements and prevents them from living in most urban settings.

"As far as I can tell, there's no real assessment to a risk," said Ron Collett, a Norman police detective who oversees about 80 sex offenders in the city. "You're just given this rating based on the conviction alone."

"I suspect, based on my experience, that there's some people that could be assessed in other ways to have a more reliable and effective way to tell if they're a threat to the community or someone that could go on and lead a productive life," the 20-year law enforcement veteran said.

Rep. Skye McNiel said her interest in the topic was piqued in part by an incident last session when a convicted female sex offender addressed a House committee. The offender, a former teacher from a small southwest Oklahoma town convicted of second-degree rape involving a 17-year-old boy, was required to register for life and would have been prohibited from attending her children's activities under a bill lawmakers were considering.

"I just want to know what's out there and how to best protect people," said McNiel, R-Bristow. "If you have the pool so populated and so diluted with every sex offender, do your law enforcement really know where those bad guys are?"

Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater said the current system for determining how long sex offenders must register is seriously flawed.

"If you're going to categorize sex offenders, you need to not just look at what they're charged with, but use assessment tools to determine their level of dangerousness and the level of threat they present to the community, and how likely they are to reoffend," Prater said.

Oklahoma currently has more than 7,600 registered sex offenders, including about 1,100 who are considered "delinquent" because they aren't complying with registration requirements, according to the Department of Corrections, which has four full-time employees overseeing the program.

Oklahoma's three-tiered system for registering sex offenders is based on 24 qualifying sex crimes. A Level 3 designation requires offenders to register for life and verify their addresses every three months. A Level 2 requires them to register for 25 years, with address verification every six months. A Level 1 requires them to register for 15 years, with address verification once a year.

Richard Kishur, a licensed counselor who has been treating sex offenders for nearly 25 years, said Oklahoma's current three-tiered system "makes no sense at all."

"The crime that they're convicted for tells you nothing about their behavior," Kishur said. "We're really wasting very scarce resources on closely supervising people that don't need it."

Kishur said 50 years of research into sex offender behavior has resulted in numerous assessment techniques that bring more accurate findings about whether a sex offender is a threat.

"Statistically we can identify who will reoffend and who won't, within a fairly ... small margin of error," he said.

But lawmakers knew testing would come with a cost. And when the federal government threatened the loss of federal funds if states didn't develop a uniform system for classifying sex offenders under the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006, Oklahoma opted for a "quick and dirty" fix, Kishur said.

"The federal law that began all this mentioned that risk assessment should be done and said the crime for which the person was convicted was one of the things that would be utilized," he said. "What we did in Oklahoma was sort of take that and twist it and just do the crime. It's cheap. It's quick and dirty, and it's an administrative function that doesn't do anything."

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NY - Officer (Sean Christian) Arrests Woman and Steals Nude Pics Off Her Phone

Pamela Held
Pamela Held
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A Long Island woman is suing the NYPD after nude photos and videos that had been sent to her boyfriend were forwarded by an NYPD officer to himself after he confiscated her phone.

Pamela Held, 27, was arrested in June after police officers found prescription pills in her car. When she took out her phone to prove to the police her whereabouts that night, Held entered the security code and showed the NYPD officers that she had been with a friend that night. That's when Officer Sean Christian walked off with the phone into another room.

I knew they had my phone and I was bugging out,” Held told The Daily News. “I had a bad feeling.”

When Held got her phone back after being released and only given a citation, Held noticed that several photos and videos had been forwarded to a number she was not familiar with. A private investigator helped Held and her lawyer track the number to the officer.

Officer Christian denied that he had ever met Held or worked at the precinct where she was taken to after being arrested. However, during a secretly recorded call, Christian spoke with Held for over 50 minutes, flirting with her and referencing her trip to the precinct. Unfortunately for Officer Christian, NYPD Internal Affairs was also listening in.

Held is worried that the twenty pictures and five videos might one day find their way to the Internet. Officer Christian remains under investigation by the NYPD.

FL - DNA exoneration lawsuit settled

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Frank Lee Smith died of cancer on death row, just months before DNA exonerated him of raping and murdering an 8-year-old girl in Fort Lauderdale. Now, more than 13 years later, his family's civil lawsuit against the Broward Sheriff's Office and two detectives accused of framing him has finally been settled.

Smith's death made him a national symbol because it was the first case in the U.S. that scientifically proved an innocent man had died in prison for a crime he didn't commit.

But the financial settlement reached with the Sheriff's Office — on behalf of the agency and retired detectives Richard Scheff and Philip Amabile — is much less than the millions awarded in Broward's other notorious wrongful conviction cases.

The civil suit was recently settled for just $340,000 — including attorney fees and legal costs, lawyers Michael Wrubel and James Green told the Sun Sentinel. They filed the lawsuit on behalf of Smith's closest surviving relative, his half-sister Virginia Smith, of Sunrise.

Eight-year-old Shandra Whitehead was found unconscious in her Fort Lauderdale home in April 1985. The child was raped, beaten with a rock and left for dead, with her pajamas tied around her neck in an attempt to strangle her. She lingered for nine days without regaining consciousness before dying from the head injuries.

Smith vehemently denied he had anything to do with Shandra's horrific murder. His own mother was raped and murdered by an attacker who dumped her body in a Davie lake when Smith was in his teens.

Smith wept on the witness stand during the penalty phase of his trial, imploring jurors to believe he was innocent.

"For me to be turned around and be accused, the way I feel about a rape," he told them. "My mama was killed like this. ... How do you think I feel about a rapist, and beyond that a baby?"

GA - Department of Juvenile Justice had more than 700 unresolved internal investigaitons, leaders say

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ATLANTA - The number of unresolved sex abuse investigations at Georgia’s juvenile detention centers goes far beyond those that prompted the suspensions of 18 investigators and their supervisor, Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice Commissioner Avery Niles said Sunday.

An investigation into the unresolved cases led officials to finding that 700 internal investigations over a year and a half were unresolved.

Of that number, Niles said 141 unresolved investigations meet the Department of Justice’s standard for sexual abuse or harassment by other juveniles or detention center staff.

Youth safety is at stake and we have pledged to maintain a sexually safe environment for all our residents,” Niles said in a statement. “That means taking immediate corrective actions to ensure all reports of sexual abuse and harassment are quickly and thoroughly investigated according to DJJ Policy and state and federal law.”

The 18 investigators were initially suspended in May over unresolved inquiries that were supposed to have been completed within 45 days. Agency spokesman Jim Shuler has said some investigations were left unresolved for about a year.

Three corrections officers have been fired over substantiated claims of sexual abuse and will be prosecuted by outside law enforcement, Niles said.

All but one suspended investigator and supervisor were brought to the department’s central office Friday and will return to service, Niles said. He added that all of the department’s investigative supervisors have also been reassigned. The one investigator who didn’t return to work took a voluntary retirement on July 1.

Twelve of the initial 20 cases involving alleged staff-on-youth sexual abuse are still unresolved and have been referred to the Georgia Department of Corrections for independent follow-ups, Niles said.

FL - Jessica Lunsford's father speaks

Mark failed to mention that child porn was found on his machine when Jessica went missing and that his own son touched a child in the wrong way, yet nothing happened to his son except for 10 days in jail. So if Mark meant what he said, his computer would've been confiscated and investigated as well as his son, he'd be in jail / prison and on the registry for life.

KY - Nature of sex crimes limits registry's effectiveness

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By James Mayse

While sex offender registries do inform public about who might be living nearby, they don't warn people against more likely threat — the potential offender who is already in their lives

Sex offender registries were created as a response to several heinous crimes where the victim was attacked by an offender who had served time in prison and been released without the public's knowledge. The theory behind registries is that when people know where a convicted offender lives, they can take precautions to keep themselves and their families safe.

Sex offenders can potentially pose a threat; according to the head of sex offender treatment programs with the Kentucky Department of Corrections, recidivism rates for offenders can range between 7 and 14 percent — although recidivism rates are lower with inmates who have successfully completed counseling.
- And they take any additional crime or technicality as recidivism, but if you take into account only new sex crimes, then the recidivism (re-offense) is much lower.

But while sex offender registries do inform the public about who might be living nearby, they don't (and can't) warn people against the more likely threat — the potential offender who is already in their lives. Most sexual assaults and instances of child sexual abuse are committed not by strangers, but by someone known to the victim.

But sex offender registries can provide a service. Aside from highlighting known offenders in the area, registries can be used as investigative tools for law enforcement in some instances. Child advocates say registries should be used by parents to know who is attempting to establish a relationship with their children — and as tools to teach children about how to establish boundaries against potential predators.
- Police already have access to criminal records, so why is a new online shaming tool needed in order for them to investigate a crime?  And why do we not have an online registry for all other ex-felons if it's so useful?

What is the registry?

The sex offender registry was formed through several laws — "Megan's Law" is the perhaps the best-known — that established tracking systems for convicted sex offenders and state and federal public notification systems of where convicted offenders reside. The goal of public notification systems such as Kentucky's sex offender registry website, is to provide information about residences of convicted sex offenders so, if people choose, they can monitor who they and their families interact with in their neighborhoods.
- Okay, but what about all the other dangerous people who are not on the online sex offender registry?

Almost all sex-related crimes in Kentucky require a convicted person to be placed on the sex offender registry. All classifications of rapes and sexual abuse, incest, sodomy and first-degree unlawful transaction with a minor (illegal sex act) are included in the registry. People convicted of sexual misconduct, a misdemeanor, are not required to register.

In Kentucky, people convicted of sexual offenses that fall under the registration requirement are ordered to register either for 20 years or for life. Any change of address in that time period must be reported to the registry, which is maintained by the Kentucky State Police. Failure to inform the registry of an address change is a Class D felony, punishable by up to five years in prison.

In addition to the address notification, the registry places prohibitions on where a convicted sex offender can live, if the person was convicted after 2006. For example, the registry forbids a convicted sex offender from living within 1,000 feet of a school or day care center. The registry does not prevent church attendance — although the Daviess County Commonwealth's Attorney's office does get calls from ministers who are unsure of the law.

"I get calls from churches about registered sex offenders — if they're allowed to go to church there," said Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Michael Van Meter, who prosecutes most of the sexual abuse cases in Daviess County.

Does the registry prevent sex offenses?

The effectiveness of the sex offender registry as prevention tool is hard to determine, because it's impossible to prove a negative. If an offender lives in a neighborhood for 20 years and does not commit a new offense, is it because the public was informed about the offender via the registry, that the registry had a deterrent effect on the offender, or that the offender benefited from counseling while incarcerated?

A 2001 study published in the University of Chicago Journal of Law and Economics found there were fewer new offenses among convicted sex offenders when they were required to register with police departments, but their addresses were not posted on a publicly accessible website. The study, which used data from 15 states over a 10-year period, found new crimes by convicted offenders were reduced through better police monitoring of offenders.
- And we find that highly questionable.  How can you prove that police monitoring was the cause of reduced sexual crimes?

On the other hand, the same study found making sex offender registries accessible to the public might increase the chance a person on the registry reoffends, because "when their information is made public ... the associated psychological, social and financial costs (of being included on the registry) make a crime-free life relatively less desirable."
- True, but all the laws also make it almost impossible for many to function in life by having employment and housing, which also increases the risk of a re-offense.  By having the information online accessible by anybody without verification of their "need to know," has increased vigilantism across the country.

While officials say the registries have some use, they are geared more toward helping a person investigate and take precautions against people they do not know. Incidents of sexual assault where the perpetrator was a stranger to the victim certainly do occur, but in the overwhelming majority of cases, the perpetrator is someone the victim knows.

"I very rarely have what I'd term a stranger rape where the victim does not know the defendant," Van Meter said. "I do have those, but the majority ... are well-known" to the victim, Van Meter said.

"The registry does not prevent that," Van Meter said. "The registry would be more appropriate to the stranger situation, but at least 95 percent (of incidents) are not the stranger" variety, he said.

Registries might work as a deterrent to potential first-time offenders, Van Meter said.

"The knowledge of, if you commit a sex crime you're going to be on the registry and be a social pariah, I believe that is a deterrent," Van Meter said.
- Then why does the registry continue to grow on a daily basis?  It's also a personal opinion that is not backed by facts.

A study (PDF) by University of Michigan professor J.J. Prescott reached a similar conclusion. Prescott estimated that the stigma of being on the registry deters 1.17 crimes per 100,000 people.

Others were not so sure; Dr James Van Nort, head of sex offender treatment programs for the Kentucky Department of Corrections, said he doubted that the anxiety of appearing on a registry deterred many sexual offenses.

"I would think going to prison would be more of a deterrent than being on a sex offender registry," Van Nort said.

Van Meter said that defendants think that being required to register was an additional punishment.
- It is!

"Often times, the defendant will (offer to) accept a higher term of years in prison rather than register as a sex offender," Van Meter said."I believe it's considered a punishment by the victims as well — 99 percent of the time, that's a requirement (of the plea agreement). They want that registration."
- And by choosing to spend more time in prison in order to not appear on the registry is wrong.  When you get out, you will still be required to register.  The registry is punitive and therefore is unconstitutional!

How law enforcement use the registry

As a law enforcement tool, the sex offender registry does have some uses. Detective Brandon Sims with the Owensboro Police Department said detectives use the registry when they receive a complaint that a person convicted of a sexual offense is not living at the address on the registry.
- So why can't you use the normal criminal records like you did before the sex offender registry was created?

"Part of my job as a juvenile detective is, if complaints are made against people (for noncompliance with the registry), myself and the other detectives look into that, which happens more often than people might think," Sims said.

In cases of sexual abuse, detectives do not need to consult the registry, because detectives already have access to a suspect's criminal history — such as whether or not they're a registered sex offender, Sims said. But detectives have used the registry to investigate other crimes.
- And this proves our point!  If you already have criminal records, why is an online shaming (punishment) list necessary?

"I know one instance where a detective was investigating a theft —we knew (the suspect) was a sex offender," so consulting the registry for the suspect's address gave detectives "a starting point on where to look," Sims said.
- We fail to see how the online registry is helping you any more than the already available criminal records?  If you knew he was a sex offender, then you also knew his name, which you could have found the address in the usual fashion!

Detective Morgan Palmiter with the Daviess County Sheriff's Department said the registry has been used to solve reports of sexual abuse. In one case, a victim was able to identify her attacker by looking through the sex offender registry.

Like the police department, the sheriff's department also investigates complaints that a person in not living where they are listed on the registry, or is living within 1,000 feet of a school or day care center.

"There are times I myself check (the registry for the) area where I live, for my and my family's benefit," Palmiter said.

Educational tool

Laura Ahearn, executive director of Parents for Megan's Law and the Crime Prevention Center, a New York nonprofit organization, said the registry is important and people can use it to take precautions against potential predators in their area.
- This lady, in our opinion, should not even be consulted for issues like this.  She's known to be a vigilante, as seen here.

In addition, parents should use information from the registry, in an age-appropriate way, to educate their children about issues such as body privacy, boundaries and how to tell when someone behaves in a inappropriate way toward them, Ahearn said.
- So why can't you do that without the registry?  You are just trying to justify having the online punishment list for your own personal reasons, in our opinion.  You need to be a parent and teach this to your kids even if the online hit-list didn't exist!

"What you want to be really careful about is not exposing (young children) to too much information," Ahearn said "We want to educate kids on circumstances and behavior that makes them feel uncomfortable and empower them to tell someone."
- All of which can be done without the online registry!

Sex offenders who target children will "groom" both the potential victim and the victim's parents by increasingly violating boundaries, Ahearn said.
- And if you are smart and paying attention, then it wouldn't be much of an issue, because then you'd tell the person to stop and leave, or contact the police, right?  You know, like you would do in any other situation!

"What parents need to look out for is if someone wants to spend more time with your children than with you," Ahearn said. "We teach parents they need to be careful about the role they let others play in their child's life —there's no reason someone should be offering to take your child along" to events, Ahearn said.
- And this is good advise, but we fail to see why you need an online shaming hit-list to do this?

Parents should beware of people who give children gifts, Ahearn said. With teens, a predator will try to "conquer and divide" the teen from his or her parents, by telling the teen that their parents are being to harsh and limiting the teen's freedom, Ahearn said.

"A sexual predator seduces a child the same way they seduce an adult," Ahrean said. What's important is setting boundaries with people and enforcing them; for example, if someone offers a child a gift, the parent should accept the gift for them — which teaches the child not to accept gifts without the parent's permission, Ahearn said.

"They're developing a relationship (with gifts), and that relationship is not known to the parent," Ahearn said. "If you want to protect your child from sexual predators, you have to set out rules" and not let people push you into allowing them to interact with your child in a way you find uncomfortable, Ahearn said.

"One of (our) 10 rules is, ‘I wouldn't be too polite' " about protecting boundaries, Ahearn said.

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PA - Lost in the system: Juvenile justice programs leave families in the dark

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By Beth Brelje

A mentally disabled Pike County boy took photos of a disabled girl's genitals while on the school bus.

The boy, 11, was charged with harassment and invasion of privacy, according to court records, and ordered to wear an ankle bracelet.

He was allowed to go to school and required to stay at home the rest of the time. But he left the border of his yard three times, stepping onto the quiet country road in front of his house to greet playmates, according to his stepmother.

And since he could not follow the rules, he was placed in the temporary legal custody of Pike County Children and Youth, placed in therapeutic foster care and directed to get a psychosexual evaluation.

At first, the placement was a relief for his parents.

"We had been fighting like hell to get him some help," his father said.

The boy, who suffers from a range of disabilities, including Asperger syndrome and oppositional defiant disorder, had behavioral problems starting at age 2.

Once in county custody, parental contact was not allowed for the first 30 days while he became acclimated to the foster family. After 40 days, his parents started calling every day to ask when they could visit. It was 70 days before they met in a park for their first, one-hour visit.

"It was the first time we have ever been separated for so long in our lives," said the stepmother, whose name and other identifying information are not being disclosed to protect the juvenile's identity.

Today, the boy is 13, still under state care, and his parents feel that despite attempts to stay connected, their relationship has been marginalized by the system.

This Pike County boy is one of nearly 40,000 juvenile justice cases in the state.

His story provides a window into the way Pennsylvania has traditionally handled troubled youths, the long-lasting problems the system can sow and the heartache it can cause families.

KS - Corrections secretary: Kan. prisons are running at capacity

We are, we are, a prison nation!
We are, we are, a prison nation!
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By Hurst Laviana

WICHITA - The Kansas prison system has reached its capacity, and the state is projected to add 2,100 offenders to the system in the next decade, Kansas Department of Corrections Secretary Ray Roberts said Friday.

If the state wants to avoid spending millions of dollars on more prison bed space, Roberts said, it has to continue to look at innovative programs and policies that can cut recidivism rates.

He cited as an example a program that matches inmates with volunteer mentors that has been in operation for two years. He also mentioned a new policy that in future years will require post-release supervision for inmates who have completed the maximum sentence allowed by law. Such inmates, when released today, go unsupervised.

It’s an ever-evolving, ever-changing business,” he said.
- Yes it is a business, glad you said that, and in order to bring in money, they need more clients (prisoners) to help with that.

Roberts, who was the featured speaker Friday at the Wichita Pachyderm Club, said the Department of Corrections supervises 6,000 parolees and 9,500 inmates, 80 of whom are living in temporary beds.

Roberts said about 66 percent of inmates are drug abusers and 38 percent are mentally ill.
- All of which should be getting drug counseling or other treatment in another facility, not prison, where it's pretty much non-existent!

Substance abuse and mental illness – those are the two big drivers,” he said. “We’re the largest provider in the state for the mentally ill population.”
- And the USA is the largest prison nation in the world!

He said it was important for inmates to have access to drug programs and mental health treatment.

There’s a cost associated with it, but there’s a cost of doing nothing, too,” he said. “You can’t just keep ’em in prison and think that will do the trick.”

Roberts said 33.1 percent of Kansas’ newly released inmates are returned to prison within three years. He said that’s well below the national recidivism rate of 43.3 percent.

He said Kansas’ success is partly the result of a mentoring program that to date has trained 2,480 volunteers. The volunteers act as mentors for inmates six months before and six months after they are released.

Roberts said get-tough-on-crime laws have had a lot to do with the rising prison population. He mentioned the 22-year prison sentence given to a man in May for failing to register as a sex offender in Shawnee County.

If you give someone 22 years for failure to register, you’re going to be paying for them for 22 years,” he said.
- This is where the punishment doesn't fit the crime.  If he would've sexually abused someone or in some cases, murdered someone, he would've received less time in prison for it.

When Roberts began his career in corrections in 1975, he said, the average inmate age was 25. Today, he said, it is 37 or 38. More than 800 Kansas prison inmates are older than 55.

About half of Roberts’ presentation involved questions from the audience. A sample:
  • Do reality television shows about prison such as “Lockup” offer a realistic view of life in Kansas prisons?

    Yes, kind of, but no,” Roberts said. “They show that there is violence in prison, that there are drugs in prison. But it’s obviously exaggerated for the screen.”
    - And you have violence in prison due to corruption and people not doing their jobs! There should be no violence in prison!
  • Are there illegal drugs inside Kansas prisons?

    I’d like to tell you there are no drugs that get smuggled into our system, but that would be false,” Roberts said. “It’s not a large problem, but we do have drugs.”

    He said tobacco, which is banned, is among the most frequently smuggled drugs.
    Again, stuff is smuggled in due to corruption or someone not doing their job!
  • What is a typical day like for convicted BTK strangler Dennis Rader and multiple murderers Reginald and Jonathan Carr?

    They get five hours of exercise and three showers a week,” Roberts said. “We feed them in their cells.”

    He said Rader and the Carr brothers are among the 394 inmates in administrative segregation at the El Dorado Correctional Facility. Whenever they move anywhere outside their cells, Roberts said, they do so with their hands cuffed behind their backs.
  • If I have my Internet and TV, and can live on $20,000 a year, why does it cost $24,000 for an inmate?

    It’s no-frills, but you have to provide the basics,” Roberts said.

    He said it costs the state only $1.38 per meal to feed the inmates. But the state is paying $48 million this year for prisoner health care. Security, mainly in the form of manpower, is a major cost in running a prison system, he said.
  • What would happen if the state just released all drug offenders and mentally ill inmates and offered them treatment in community-based settings?

Some of those drug offenders, if you look at their record, you wouldn’t want them released,” Roberts said. “Some of our mentally ill offenders have committed some tough crimes.”