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Committee Meeting: April 13, 2012

by Cheryl Cadue last modified Jul 17, 2015 02:06 PM

KANSAS STATE COUNCIL FOR INTERSTATE ADULT OFFENDER

SUPERVISION COMMITTEE MEETING

APRIL 13, 2012

10 a.m.

KANSAS DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS

MAIN CONFERENCE ROOM

Committee members in attendance:  Steve Karrer, Norbert Marek, Kathleen Graves, Terri Williams, Caleb Stegall, Dorthy Stucky Halley (phone) and Tyler Garretson (phone).

  • Steve Karrer called the meeting to order at 12:12; only 5 members were present at this time, so the meeting began as an informational meeting.  Dorthy Stucky Halley joined the meeting by phone at 12:15 p.m.
  • Kim handed out Interstate rules to each Committee member

- Please contact Kim if you have questions about any of the rules
- The National Committee votes on rule changes every two years; the next voting period will be 2013.

- The 2011 rule changes included transfers for military residency and required supervision history from the current supervisor if the offender has been supervised for more than 30 days.
- These changes became effective as of March 1, 2012.
- The next national meeting will be the last week of August 2012.

  • Kim facilitated a discussion on whether the Committee should place restrictions on offenders wanting to leave Kansas to a state that does not have GPS monitoring.  States must supervise an Interstate Compact offender as they would their own offenders.

- Currently, Kansas only uses GPS monitoring, not electronic monitoring.

- Electronic monitoring is an ankle bracelet that monitors if the offender is at home at a certain time.
- GPS monitoring can track the specific location of the offender at any given time.

- Kim had proposed to Harry, National Commissioner that a posting should be available on the National website to verify which states have electronic monitoring and GPS monitoring.  She will try to obtain a list by the next meeting.
- The 5 states Kansas contracts out to include Missouri, Texas, Oklahoma, Colorado, and Arkansas.  The 5 states Kansas receives contacts from include Missouri, Texas, Oklahoma, Colorado, and Nebraska.

- All of these states currently have GPS monitoring capabilities.

  • Tyler Garretson joined the meeting by phone at 12:30 p.m.; Quorum was then reached.
  • Steve Karrer moved to approve the minutes from the December 16, 2011 meeting.

- Dorthy Stucky Halley seconded the approval.
- All Committee members voted to approve the minutes.

  • Steve Karrer moved to set the next Kansas Council for Interstate Adult Offender Supervision Committee meeting to Friday, August 17th at noon in the Kansas Department of Correction’s Main Conference Room.

- Terri Williams seconds this motion.
- The Committee voted to approve this meeting time.

  • Currently, the website states that offenders must pay a $75.00 application fee.  This is not being implemented.  It was previously proposed that $50.00 of this fee was to go to Interstate Compact for administrative costs, and the remaining $25.00 to Victims’ Services.  Steve Karrer suggested the Committee should determine if an application fee should be charged.

- One third of the states charge an application fee.  The majority of the states charge a supervision fee.
- There is not a system in Kansas set up to process fees, track offenders’ payments, and it is unclear where the money would actually go.
- Kansas Interstate Compact processes up to 20 applications a day. - Offenders are currently struggling to pay court fees, supervision fees, etc. so it is somewhat unreasonable to expect them to pay an application fee.

- An example was discussed:  An offender is currently residing at a homeless shelter in Kansas.  They wish to move to Missouri where their mother has a place in her home for the offender.  The offender would not be able to relocate to more satisfactory living situation due to him/her not having the $75.00 application fee.

- Steve Karrer moved to remove the application fee for offenders leaving the state of Kansas.

- Terri Williams seconds this motion.
- The Committee votes to revoke the application fee.

  • The Committee should be prepared to discuss if a policy change is needed to implement restrictions for offenders leaving the State.

- Arizona has a strict policy; courts implement sentencing restrictions such as lifetime GPS monitoring for Jessica’s Law offenders, therefore Arizona offenders can only relocate to other states that have GPS monitoring.

- Kim Schwant will bring a copy of Arizona’s policy to the next meeting

- Kim Schwant will bring a list of all states that have electronic monitoring/GPS monitoring capabilities.

- Kim Schwant will bring a list of Kansas statistics for those who require GPS monitoring as determined by the courts.

  • Steve Karrer motioned to adjourn at 12:57 p.m., seconded by Terri Williams.

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