The state of Kansas has $341,700 in unexpended funds for the 2011 fiscal year and an agency in southeast Kansas hopes to get some of it.

The state of Kansas has $341,700 in unexpended funds for the 2011 fiscal year and an agency in southeast Kansas hopes to get some of it.

Mac Young, administrative director of Community Corrections, told the Crawford County Commission on Tuesday that his department is applying to receive the additional funds from the Kansas Department of Corrections.

“We really haven’t had this for the last couple of years,” Young said.

He said that Community Corrections, which serves several counties in southeast Kansas, is applying for approximately $8,400 of the unexpended funds to purchase new equipment and help with a program for offender services.

The program is what Young calls a “re-engagement” program for people who have absconded from Community Corrections. He said that Community Corrections will hire a person to work in the general public to re-engage those offenders.

“If we don’t, we would have to go through the courts and have a warrant issued,” Young said. “That would waste a lot of time and money.”

Young said that Community Corrections is asking for $4,900 for the re-engagement program.

Community Corrections had a similar program two years ago and, Young said that is serviced about 20 individuals in the area.

The second request for funding will be $3,400 for computer equipment replacement. Young said that the equipment to be replaced will be a computer in Pittsburg and one in Parsons.

He said that the application for the unexpended funds is due to the Department of Corrections on Dec. 1.

“Usually, we will find out about the awards in mid-January,” Young said.

Matthew Clark can be reached at matthew.clark@morningsun.net or at 620-231-2600, Ext. 140