New tracking system to be implemented for journal entries

jailpaperworkSedgwick County will begin tracking how long it takes to complete an essential report required before jail inmates can be moved to state prison.

Chief Judge James Fleetwood told members of the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council, a group charged with reducing the jail’s population, he has asked for the tracking to speed up the completion of journal entries, which are taking 60 to 90 days to be turned into the sheriff’s office.

He is doing so in response to reporting by The Eagle.

Judge Clark Owens said he could have passed a polygraph the day before The Eagle’s story Sunday that journal entries took about a week to complete.

“I had no idea it was an issue,” he said.

Fleetwood said he will tell all judges to order the district attorney’s office to expedite journal entries for inmates awaiting transfer to prison.