TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ Kansas lawmakers are taking a fresh look at
policies and funding for public safety after four prison inmates
escaped from a county jail this week.
The four were among 22 inmates from the Ellsworth Correctional
Facility who were being housed in the Ottawa County jail in
Minneapolis because of overcrowding in the state prison. All four
were captured by Friday.
Rep. Pat Colloton says the state's prison population has been
growing as budget cuts have reduced programs to prevent inmates
from committing more crimes. She says she expects the escape will
prompt renewed debate over funding for prisons and what resources
Gov. Sam Brownback's spokeswoman says he has proposed more money
for prisons in the next state budget.
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