The CSG Justice Center began working with Kansas state leaders in June 2012 to develop data-driven, consensus-based policy options designed to reduce corrections spending and increase public safety. CSG Justice Center experts interviewed stakeholders across the criminal justice system and conducted a comprehensive analysis of Kansas’ criminal justice data to identify challenges facing the state:
- Probation resources are being used ineffectively because they are not targeted at the implementation of evidence-based practices, or prioritized for individuals most likely to reoffend
- Budget cuts and a rising prison population threaten investments in offender reentry
- The number of people revoked from probation to prison increased 20 percent between FY 2009 and FY 2012. Nearly four out of 10 admissions in FY 2012 were revocations from community corrections (probation). High-risk offenders with behavioral health needs cost the state $20 million annually.