Proposal would allow releasing more sick inmates who are nearing end of life


A proposal in Kansas would allow releasing more sick inmates who may be near the end of their lives.

Kansas prisons are near capacity and the average age of inmates is growing older.  The bill would allow releasing inmates if a doctor suspects they’ll pass away within three months.  Currently, releases happen only when a prisoner is expected to die within a month.  Scott Schultz, with the Kansas Sentencing Commission, says releasing the dying inmates saves cost and shows compassion.

“In terms of how you actually want to have offenders spending their last days, in the care of a state facility or in the care of their family?” said Shultz.

Governor Laura Kelly has also proposed renovating a facility in Winfield to serve as a nursing home for aging inmates.