Even during a budget crisis, Kansans expect their leaders to put public safety first. So it was alarming to learn that a double murderer from Wichita was among the inmates that the Kansas Department of Corrections had thought it appropriate to house at the Ottawa County Jail. That meant Santos Carrera-Morales, despite having been in trouble 39 times while in custody, was in a position to be among the four inmates who used homemade knives to overpower guards and escape from the jail Wednesday. On Thursday KDOC wisely moved its remaining 18 inmates from that jail to the state prison in Ellsworth. But the incident should trigger a reassessment by Gov. Sam Brownback’s administration and state legislators of whether the state has enough resources and facilities to handle its inmates. As it is, many Kansans will agree with Senate Majority Leader Jay Emler, R-Lindsborg, that “apparently, farming them out doesn’t work.”
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