Some Kansas counties think the state should pay them more for housing felons who used to serve their sentences in state prisons.

Some Kansas counties think the state should pay them more for housing felons who used to serve their sentences in state prisons.


And they are asking the Kansas Association of Counties to make the issue a priority in the next legislative session.


Sedgwick County Commissioner Karl Peterjohn says the state is turning county jails into subsidiaries of the state prison system.


The Wichita Eagle reported Monday that the association wants the state to reimburse counties for the cost of housing felons, to track how many are in county jails and to make that number available to the public.


Sen. Tim Owens, a Republican from Overland Park, is chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee. He says part of the problem is people want criminals to be punished but don't want to have taxes raised to pay for it.