Courts and Crime
Feds expand Pell Grant program for prisoners working on college degrees
WASHINGTON — Prison inmates around the United States are getting the chance to do something that was almost unheard of a generation ago: pursue a college degree while behind bars and with financial support from the federal government. Inmates in 42 states and Washington, D.C., can now get federal grants to work with colleges and […]
Juvenile justice reformers seek return of $21M cut from Kansas intervention program fund
A decision by the Legislature and governor to cut $21 million in juvenile justice reform funding threatens advancement of incarceration alternatives.
Kansas Supreme Court issues stay of lower court’s rejection of emergency management law
Kansas Supreme Court grants attorney general a stay to appeal controversial Johnson County case striking down state's new emergency management law.
Criminal justice panel explores racial dynamics of traffic stops, gang lists in Kansas
TOPEKA — A Kansas criminal justice reform panel is highlighting the dynamic between communities of color and law enforcement during traffic stops as an area in need of immediate attention from lawmakers. Several members of the Kansas Criminal Justice Reform Commission subcommittee on race and the criminal justice system said last week that while traffic […]
AG candidate Mattivi convinced Kansans eager to elect seasoned law enforcement officer
GOP candidate for attorney general Toni Mattivi, a former federal prosecutor, is convinced Kansans want an experienced law enforcement officer in that job.
Judge orders Kansas to pay nearly $2.3 million in legal fees and expenses in child welfare lawsuit
TOPEKA — Kansas must pay nearly $2.3 million in attorney fees and expenses to the groups that filed a lawsuit regarding problems with the state’s foster care system, a federal judge ruled Thursday. Parties involved in the lawsuit reached a settlement approved by U.S. District Judge Daniel Crabtree in January but continued to fight over […]
Task force crafting procedures for handling DNA database hits in cold, closed cases
A Kansas task force working to improve sharing of DNA evidence in criminal cases wants to improve training of lawyers about access to database information.
Supreme Court allows pursuit of DNA testing by convicted Cowley County murderer
Kansas Supreme Court decides 2020 law grants district courts authority to consider requests for post-conviction DNA testing even if case remains on appeal.
Phillips County jury sticks hog producer with $134,000 judgment in rare trespassing case
Prominent Phillips County hog producer hit with $134,000 jury judgment after trespassing on neighbors' land to install pipe to carry liquified hog waste to fields.
Former D.A. faces ethics complaint for failing to stop misconduct in Topeka murder trial
TOPEKA — Former Shawnee County District Attorney Chad Taylor faces an ethics complaint for prosecutorial misconduct by his assistant during the 2012 murder trial of Dana Chandler. The complaint filed Wednesday by Alma attorney Keen Umbehr is based on a panel’s conclusion that Jacqie Spradling should be disbarred for a deliberate pattern of misconduct, including […]
Kansas AG pushes state Supreme Court to maintain limit on COVID-19 powers
TOPEKA — Republican Attorney General Derek Schmidt is asking the state’s highest court to intervene and clarify what he called an unnecessary and confusing ruling on new legislation concerning the Kansas Emergency Management Act. Schmidt announced Tuesday he had requested the Kansas Supreme Court put a hold on a recent lower court ruling and maintain […]
Older raised-letter Kansas license plates subject to distortion from surface blisters
More than 1 million old Kansas license plates are in jeopardy of peeling, and motorists in the state are legally responsible for securing replacements for damaged plates.