Shawnee Co. DA's Office diverts diversion funds to Topeka Rescue Mission

Shawnee Co. District Attorney Mike Kagay (Source: Shawnee Co. District Attorney's Office)
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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- The Shawnee Co. District Attorney's Office has set aside money to help the Topeka Rescue Mission.

District Attorney Mike Kagay announced Thursday morning in the Shawnee Co. Commission meeting that he transferred $25,000 from his office's diversion fund to the Mission.

The diversion fund is money paid to the DA's Office by those who served diversion, instead of taking their low-level offense to court. Kagay said by making the donation, it supports the Mission and their programs, including ones that help victims of domestic violence when they have no place to go. Also supporting programs that provide an economic need so some don’t feel as if they need to turn to crime.

"Certainly we don’t condone those behaviors," he explained. "We hold those people accountable, but the Topeka Rescue Mission in my mind is preventing some of that from occurring.”

Kagay noted it is a one-time donation by his office. Anyone wanting to make a donation can do so by CLICKING HERE