A Kansas City, KS. family has filed a lawsuit against the Johnson County Sheriff’s Department after the Department’s SWAT team raided their home last year with weapons drawn. The reason for the raid? The Department believed the couple may have been growing marijuana after their purchased greenhouse equipment. [click to continue…]

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When you are accused of a crime that carries a potential prison sentence, probation can seem like a real blessing. But, throughout your probation, the potential of serving that prison sentence always looms in the background. One misstep and you could be brought to court for a probation revocation hearing. Kansas lawmakers, hoping to ease prison overcrowding, are hoping a law change would give judges more options when people violate their probation. [click to continue…]

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DUI legislation advocates are calling a recent drop in drunk driving deaths a victory, and rightfully so. No one wants more people dying as a result of drunk driving. But many are saying that new laws regarding ignition interlock devices (IID) are the reason for the decline. [click to continue…]

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The police chief of a town in Missouri faces felony assault charges in Kansas after he allegedly pulled a gun on someone at a Kansas City gas station. More details here.

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More severe penalties for sex offenses and violent crimes can be blamed—at least in part—for the overcrowding of Kansas prisons. But decreasing these penalties won’t be the answer, according to lawmakers. Instead, they will need to look at alternatives for those who are incarcerated and pose little risk to the public. [click to continue…]

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The city of Topeka has received national coverage for their proposed repeal of the municipal ordinance banning domestic battery. But city officials say the media has got it all wrong, painting the town as inconsiderate of victim’s needs when they insist the repeal would only strengthen domestic battery enforcement. [click to continue…]

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Kansas Governor Sam Brownback is doing something fairly progressive—he has announced a faith based mentoring program for parolees as they leave prison. Called Out4Life, the program seeks to match former inmates with role models within the community in an effort to drive down recidivism rates and provide support for those recently released. [click to continue…]

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The Johnson County Sheriff’s Department has joined more than 100 other departments across the nation in using ear-mounted cameras developed by Taser International, Inc. While 100 departments are testing the cameras, only 16 (including Johnson County) have actually purchased the equipment. While the cameras and upkeep are somewhat expensive, the department hopes they more than pay for themselves in crime prevention and evidence. [click to continue…]

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Seventeen percent of those booked into the Johnston County jail are mentally ill. That according to a recent 19 month study. While most people know an underfunded public mental health system can cause a greater number of inmates with mental health problems, there’s usually little in the way of hard facts and numbers to support that—at least locally. [click to continue…]

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Have a court date in Johnson County? You will soon be able to expect a reminder phone call ahead of time. No, the county isn’t just doing this to be nice and help you manage your schedule; they are instead using a system modeled after similar programs elsewhere to hopefully cut back on the number being held in the local jail. [click to continue…]

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