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Brownback: New Law Will Keep Our Communities Safer
By hayspost.com
Published: 05/09/2013

Sam_Brownback_official_portrait1Kansas Governor Sam Brownback today held a ceremonial signing for HB 2170, a bill that makes significant modifications to the state’s probation and post-release supervision policies with the goal of improving public safety while keeping corrections costs in check. The legislation stems from recommendations made by a bipartisan, inter-branch working group of Kansans over the past year. The bill is projected to reduce the need for 841 additional prison beds and save $53 million in the next five years. In addition, the bill and expected appropriation are projected to reinvest $5 million in additional community-based substance abuse treatment and recidivism reduction programming over the same five year time frame.

“I’ve made it a priority during my time in Congress and now as Governor to ensure that we keep our communities safe and allow those individuals who are reentering society to positively contribute to society once they return from prison or jail,” Governor Brownback said. “These reforms will reduce recidivism, cut corrections costs, and increase public safety. They also ensure that even in these tough fiscal times we are making prudent decisions on behalf of Kansas taxpayers.”

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