TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ Anyone convicted a fourth time for a felony theft would go to prison rather than receive probation under a new law taking effect July 1.
The law also allows a judge to sentence anyone convicted of a third felony for theft, burglary or drug violation to a substance abuse treatment program for at least four months.
Originally, the legislation called for prison time for anyone convicted of a third felony. That idea was dropped because of concerns about how many additional prisoners would be locked up and what that would cost the state.
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