Local law enforcement and corrections staff are the ones who create inmate records in Kansas. When a person is first arrested, the paperwork filled out begins a file. This file is computerized and follows the inmate all the way through the justice system until they are released from prison and complete the terms of their release. The RAP sheet is the first document created and includes the suspect's name, address, physical description, mug shots, and details of his or her crime. After that, as the prisoner moves through the system, the file is updated with everything that happens in their life. The Kansas Department of Corrections is the government agency which maintains and stores all of these inmate records. Inmate records are kept online, making it easy to perform an inmate search in Kansas.
According to the Kansas Open Records Act (KSA 45-221), the state keeps all inmate records online for victims, friends and family and the general public so anyone can look up a Kansas inmate easily. The Kansas Department of Corrections has an inmate locator feature, called KASPER right on their website, making it easy to search for an inmate in Kansas any time day or night. Visitors may search for a Kansas inmate by name or KDOC number (inmate ID). If someone is interested in more information about an inmate such as criminal records, arrests, court cases and more, they can try out Infotracer's search tool.
The Kansas prison system is maintained and operated by the Kansas Department of Corrections. This government entity is overseen by the Kansas Prisoner Review Board in conjunction with the Governor of Kansas, Laura Kelly. Kansas has state prisons, reentry programs, federal prisons, and juvenile detention centers to handle different types of prison populations and custody levels.
Kansas is committed to reducing recidivism through their transitional reentry programs which combine supervision with reintegration practices.
The Kansas correctional system is pretty simple, with only a few types of facilities. They have a few state prisons, some reentry centers, county jails, one juvenile detention center, and three federal prisons. The state prisons and juvenile detention center are overseen by the Kansas Prisoner Review Board and the Governor for the state. The Federal Bureau of Prisons is responsible for the federal prisons, and each county Sheriff has jurisdiction over the county jails.
Kansas’s prison system holds 9,920 residents in various kinds of correctional facilities, from which 9,812 residents are held in state prisons, 30 in federal prisons, and 78 in local jails.
Kansas has eight state prisons. Five of them are specifically designed to house male inmates of varying degrees of custody. One of them is devoted to female inmates. Another one is for inmates with mental health issues, and the last one is a work-release program. The Kansas state prisons include:
The process for finding an inmate in a Kansas state prison is pretty simple. Just follow the steps below:
The state of Kansas has three federal facilities. Leavenworth is the only federal facility that holds prisoners. All federal prisons are managed and operated by the Federal Bureau of Prisons (FOB). The three federal facilities in Kansas include:
The Federal Bureau of Prisons manages all federal prisons and therefore anyone wanting to find an inmate in a Kansas federal prison must either contact them directly or the facility where they are held. The FOB website has an inmate locator feature on it which may be helpful. The site also has a page for each facility with contact details and information about how to visit, how to send money or gifts, and other information for friends, family, and victims.
Kansas has 105 counties throughout the state. Each county has a Sheriff's Office who is in charge of law enforcement for all the towns within the county. Most county Sheriff's Offices have their own jail facility where they keep inmates who have been arrested and are awaiting trial or their initial hearing. Some inmates are there because they were sentenced to a few months in jail rather than prison.
Anyone who wants to perform a Kansas jail inmate search must contact the local county Sheriff's Office where the person was arrested. Many of the local Sheriff's Offices have their own website. For example, Sedgwick County has a full website with a "Current Jail Inmate Search" feature to find someone in a county jail in Kansas. In some cases, there may be a listing instead of a search form.
Kansas has only one juvenile detention center in Topeka called the Kansas Juvenile Correctional Complex. It has two buildings, one for male inmates and one for females. The focus of this facility is to rehabilitate and educate youth offenders younger than 18 years old. The two wings include:
Juvenile records in most states are sealed and not readily available to the general public. However, for family, friends, and other authorized parties, they can contact the Kansas Department of Corrections to obtain information on someone held there. The main KDOC website does have information on visitation for state prisons, but for the juvenile detention center, the rules may be different. They do include phone and fax numbers to contact the facility directly to get information.
There are approximately 21,000 people in prison in Kansas. More than 25% are in prison due to committing sex offenses. The majority of offenders (50%) are in prison because of crimes committed against other persons (no sex). Eighteen percent of Kansas prisoners are incarcerated because of drug charges. The state also has a very high number (38.5%) of mentally ill inmates. This is the reason they have a facility specifically designed to handle mentally ill criminals.
Kansas’s incarceration rate for year-end 2016 under state prison or local jail jurisdiction per 100,000 population was 331, which is lower than an average incarceration rate by 26%. The number of Kansas prisoners at the year-end of 2016 was 9,920, from which 9% were female prisoners, whereas the number of male prisoners was 9,051 in 2016.
Although Kansas does not have facilities designated to transition inmates back onto society, they do have comprehensive programs using caseworkers and supervision to help recently released inmates successfully reintegrate. They assist inmates with finding and keeping jobs, stable housing, and navigating relationships better to help avoid recidivism. Most inmates released from prison will go back home but with support from the prison system.
Parole is a privilege granted to prisoners who have behaved well inside prison. The Kansas parole board meets with inmates regularly to assess their progress. When the board feels someone is ready to be released, they have the option of paroling them. This supervisory program allows the inmate to go home and resume a normal life but with some stipulations. They must check in regularly with a parole officer and may also have other goals to complete. If they violate any of these rules, they will go back to prison to complete their sentence.
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|State Parole Population:||4,830|
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Probation is most often sentenced when a criminal is a first-time or a low-risk offender. A judge has the option of ordering probation for a specific number of months or years with a list of rules, rather than prison. In most cases, this is desirable for the inmate. All they have to do is comply with the rules and check-in with a probation officer. If, however, they violate the rules, they will go to prison to finish out their sentences.
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|State Probation Population:||16,654|
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