Number Of Mentally Ill In Kansas Prisons More Than Doubles

jail5.jpegThe number of mentally ill prisoners in Kansas has increased by 126 percent since 2006.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that nearly two out of every five adult inmates in Kansas is classified as mentally ill.

Republican Sen. Steve Fitzgerald blames the spike on what he describes as the state’s failure to develop an effective community-based system of treatment. His district includes Lansing Correctional Facility.

Fitzgerald says Kansas Department of Corrections Secretary Ray Roberts is by default the provider of last resort for a growing cadre of people with mental illness.

Kansas cut mental health spending by 12 percent from 2008 to 2011. But after the school shooting in Connecticut, Gov. Sam Brownback announced this month he would redirect $10 million for a new mental health initiative.


  • Matt Hewitt

    This is our governments motto- Ignor problem till it gets so big its either impossible to do somthing about it or till it makes it popular to do somthing about it. I no if i ran my life the way our government runs i would be living in prison or a gutter somewhere and yet we just sit back and let them continue to take our rights and money and instead of them its still US in the gutter. I have no faith or support for this cluster F#$% we call a government. So when you ask why people rob and sell drugs and dont care about stepping on the next persons neck to get ahead in life, i ask you ” why is it ok for some and not for others”? If all were treated equaly and innocent to provin guilty then we do you sit in jail till you can afford to pay your way out or get found innocent? Why does our government get to take our money by force and give it to who ever they see fit? If you are ok with the way your country is ran then u surley wont have a problem with me robbing you for what ever you have left so i can feed my family since they decided to send my job to china so some rich people can get richer. Its gonna get real bad real soon. And if you think 30 burglaries in 2 months is bad just wait till normal people are forced to do what they half to to feed there family. Until then ill be prepared…. what about you??????

  • Anonymous

    Basically that means they are totally worthless to society
    Lets just end their lives & use the money on education of kids
    That way the human race progresses, instead of going backwards

  • anonymous

    I don’t understand!!!!!! In the United States of America we fight with every thing we have, some people have more some have less but we fight every day to be miserable. We are not fighting to make our lifes better, but to keep our lives the same. So now look at our officals, they are doing the same as we are they just have an endless suppy of tax payers money. They don’t know what it is like to live pay check to pay check. It seems like the only thing they worry about is what time did they turn off there lights at there house.. I am not makeing any sence but I feel better.

  • Bounty Hunter

    One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest…

  • I want to know

    It has in Washington DC also