Sedgwick County Commissioners this morning vented frustrations about a long-delayed report from its jail consultant, Justice Concepts.
“I’m ready to just say we’re done,” Commissioner Dave Unruh told county officials and other commissioners. But he and others also acknowledged that they have a contract with the firm.
Justice Concepts was hired in 2008 to find ways to reduce the county’s ballooning jail population. Commissioners expanded the contract, which now expires April 30, and withheld $7,200 in payment pending reports about whether it would work to use former Kansas Department of Corrections facilities in Labette and Butler counties to house inmates. County officials said Nancy Insco has been ill and unable to provide an update, though she plans one next month.
Commissioner Gwen Welshimer said there’s really no rush on the report because it’s obvious that those ideas won’t work — and she acknowledged that using Labette was her idea. She said all Justice Concepts’ report would be is one paragraph that says it went to the Labette facility, saw lots of potential and was told by Sedgwick County Sheriff Robert Hinshaw that it won’t work. “That would be all it would take,” she said.
Commissioner Tim Norton seemed to agree. “It’s almost like looking at the baseball statistics of a year or two years ago,” he said. “It doesn’ t matter any more.”
Commissioners made no decisions regarding the issue and moved on to other topics.