For more than a decade, Sedgwick County District Attorney Marc Bennett prosecuted sex crimes, human trafficking, domestic violence, and elder abuse cases as a deputy district attorney. The experience has changed his perspective on what warrants a lengthy prison sentence.
As district attorney, he has been a vocal proponent of prioritizing prison space for people who commit the most serious offenses and led efforts to expand access to treatment for people in the criminal justice system with mental illnesses and substance use disorders.
As Kansas faces a budget crisis and high costs associated with drug crimes and sentences, Bennett is leading efforts to safely improve Kansas’s approach to sentencing, supervision, behavioral health, and reentry as part of the state’s participation in the Justice Reinvestment Initiative.
This project was supported by Grant No. 2019- ZB-BX-K002 awarded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance. The Bureau of Justice Assistance is a component of the Department of Justice’s Office of Justice Programs, which also includes the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the National Institute of Justice, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, the Office for Victims of Crime, and the SMART Office. Points of view or opinions in this document are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of Justice.
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