Does the state have mandatory minimum laws? Yes. Click here to learn more.
Does the state have a sentencing commission? Yes, the Kansas Sentencing Commission.
Does the state have sentencing guidelines? Yes, the Kansas Sentencing Guidelines “Desk Reference Manual.”
If yes, are the sentencing guidelines voluntary/advisory or mandatory? Courts have discretion to sentence anywhere within the guideline range.
Does the state have drug courts? Yes. Click here to learn more.
Does the state have one or more safety valves/exceptions? Yes. Click here to learn more. To learn more about safety valves, read FAMM's factsheet, Safety Valves in a Nutshell.
From the Pew Center on the States and the Council of State Governments:
Work in the States: Sentencing and Corrections in Kansas (2008)
Justice Reinvestment State Brief: Kansas (2007)
Tough and Smart: Opportunities for Kansas Policymakers to Reduce Crime and Spending (2007)
Kansas Criminal Justice Public Opinion Survey (2007)
Policy Options to Increase Public Safety and Manage the Growth of the Prison Population (2007)
Sentencing and Corrections Reform in Kansas (2007)
Sentencing and Corrections Profile: Kansas (2007)
Tough and Smart: Opportunities for Kansas Policymakers to Reduce Crime and Spending (2006)
Governor Sam Brownback
Kansas Department of Corrections
Kansas Parole Board
Kansas Executive Clemency (pardons and commutations)
Kansas Court System
Kansas Drug Courts
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Sentencing/Criminal Justice Reform Groups in the State
ACLU of Kansas and Western Missouri
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