Leaders Looking To Cut Costs On Corrections, Decrease Crime

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - State leaders are looking at ways to cut costs on corrections, while decreasing crime.

Governor Sam Brownback and Corrections Secretary Ray Roberts talked with legislators and members of the justice reinvestment working at a breakfast forum Wednesday.

The forum was hosted by former speaker of the Oklahoma House of Representatives, Kris Steele.

He says his state has ideas that could work for Kansas.

"What we did in Oklahoma, is we actually established a grant program for local law enforcement entities to be able to apply for funding to implement smart, best-in-practice strategies to reduce crimes within their local jurisdictions," Steele said. "And i think that that's something the state of Kansas is likely to consider and is currently considering and I think it would be a great move."

The justice reinvestment initiative looks to save $50 million over the next five years, reinvesting the money in strategies that decrease crime and increase public safety.