Archive for Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Kansas auditor to release report on sexual predator program

April 28, 2015

— The state's auditing agency is set to present a report on the cost and effectiveness of Kansas' program to involuntarily commit sexual predators to treatment.

The Legislative Division of Post-Audit will present its findings Tuesday into the program that civilly commits some sex offenders to a Larned State Hospital after they serve their criminal penalties. The report will compare it to similar programs in other states, and look into ways to reduce the rise in its population and cost.

The number of patients in the program has grown to 258, most of whom are confined to Larned State Hospital. Since the program was launched in 1994, only three patients have been fully released while 27 have died during their confinement.

Critics say the program unconstitutionally prolongs offenders' sentences.

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