LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) _ Kansas lawmakers have mixed opinions about
a state program that indefinitely holds sexual offenders.
Some say the treatment is working, while others say it does not seem effective.
Last week, lawmakers rejected an effort to require an audit of the program at Larned State Hospital. Those against the audit said it would threaten public safety and the jobs of the program's employees.
But Representative Bob Bethell, a Republican from Alden, says that since the program started in 1994 only two people have finished the various phases of treatment and been released.
Under Kansas law, sex offenders who have finished their prison sentences can be kept in the program at Larned State Hospital if
they are determined to be a continuing threat to the community.
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