Kansas governor signs bill to compensate wrongfully convicted

Kansas Governor Jeff Colyer has signed a bill that will compensate people who are wrongfully convicted of a crime in Kansas. His signature on House Bill 2579 made Kansas the 33rd state to enact a wrongful conviction compensation statute. It was described by advocates as the “gold standard” for the nation. Individuals found by aContinue reading “Kansas governor signs bill to compensate wrongfully convicted”

Kansas bill would remove drug offenders from public registry

In Kansas, many people convicted of drug crimes are placed on a public registry along with those convicted of sex offenses. The state of Kansas is considering relieving some 4,600 or so “drug offenders” of the burden of being on a public registry. The rationale for removing drug offenders from the registry also apply toContinue reading “Kansas bill would remove drug offenders from public registry”

Kansas bill would reveal names of juvenile sex offenders

This is a big step in the wrong direction. The family of a Newton mother and daughter who were killed last year is pushing for a new law that would reveal the names of child sex offenders.  Keith Hawkins was sentenced this month to life without the possibility of parole for the deaths of 24-year-old Alyssa Runyon andContinue reading “Kansas bill would reveal names of juvenile sex offenders”