Prison overcrowding expected to get attention next session

Kansas lawmakers and corrections officials are looking for ways to address overcrowding in state prisons as the adult population is expected to be nearly 1,700 inmates over capacity by the middle of the next decade.

The Legislature has taken some measures to address shrinking bed space, but it has not been enough to curb growth. The Wichita Eagle ( reports that as of Friday, the state’s men’s prisons were 99 inmates above capacity.

There are a number of options lawmakers will consider when they convene in January, including housing more inmates in county jails, building additional jail space, reducing sentences for lower-level crimes and increasing the amount of time an inmate can cut from a sentence for completing rehabilitation programs.

Information from: The Wichita (Kan.) Eagle,