If you reprioritize how the money is spent, by investing in people you are not going to have a 100% success rate but you will certainly see a return on your investment that is significant. It isn't about more money being spent. It's about money being spent better. Cost savings come in dollars out of the budget that can be spent on education, health care and other important items. The biggest return is on the amount of people who go on to have successful lives.
TOPEKA | The percentage of Kansas inmates who commit new crimes while on supervised release has dropped significantly over five years.
The rate, which was a little more than 5 percent in 2002, fell to 2.2 percent last year, Corrections Secretary Roger Werholtz told lawmakers Monday.
He attributed the reduction to increased legislative funding for programs that supervise inmates after they leave prison, and more dollars for alcohol and drug treatment.
Werholtz said that with fewer offenders returning to prison, the number of inmates in Kansas prisons has decreased from 9,153 in 2004 to 8,854 in mid-2007.
“There is sufficient (prison) capacity to meet our needs for the next 10 years,” Werholtz told the House Appropriations Committee.
However, he said that prediction assumed that the Legislature would not pass new sentencing laws that would put more offenders in prison.....