Kelly says prisons need more funding


May 2, 2019 - 10:11 AM

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly is seeking $35 million to improve corrections officer salaries and inmate health care and to transfer inmates out of overcrowded state prisons.

Kelly on Tuesday submitted an amended budget proposal for the spending year that begins July 1 for lawmakers to consider as they returned Wednesday to the Statehouse for a brief wrap-up session.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports Kelly is asking the Legislature to allocate $16.4 million to purchase contract bed space for male inmates to free state correctional officers for redeployment in the crowded prison system.

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