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TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 17,2002 REGION AND STATE THE HAYS DAILY NEWS A3 Final touch Man pleads no contest in year-old alleged rape After nearly a year in jail awaiting trial on a charge of rape, a Hays man on Monday pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor. Duane D. Swan, 39, pleaded no contest to criminal restraint. District Judge Tom Toepfer sentenced him to a year's probation and ordered him released from jail immmediately. Swan was arrested after a 28- year-old Hays woman reported in late October she had been raped. She told police Swan came to her residence with a group of friends and that the incident between them took place while the friends were elsewhere having lunch. O'Loughlin teacher finalist for teacher of the year Juliann Bliese, first-grade teacher at O'Loughlin Elementary School, was named a Region I finalist for the 2003 Kansas Teacher of the Year award during a ceremony Saturday in Salina. As a Region I finalist, Bliese received a $2,000 cash award from the Security Benefit Group of Companies, a partner in the Kansas Teacher of the Year award. Bliese was one of six semi-finalists from Region I, which covers the 1st U.S. Congressional district. Each semi-finalist received a golden apple. Statewide, 111 educators were nominated from the four regions. The Kansas State Department of Education, sponsor of the Kansas Teacher of the Year program, appointed regional selection panels to select semi-finalists and finalists from each region. The panels are composed of administrators, teachers and higher education representatives. Each panel selects six semi-finalists, three elementary teachers and three secondary teachers. Then the list is narrowed to one elementary and one secondary teacher. The teacher of the year will be selected from the regional finalists during a ceremony Nov. 16 hi Wichita and will be eligible for tWe '-national 'Competition spon*''''' i sored by the Council of Chief State! School Officers and ! ' '•'*•<""> Scholastic Inc. The Kansas Teacher of the Year team, which includes the state finalists, will travel the state advocating for education and the teaching profession. Hays High School teacher Andrea Zody was a semi-finalist. Man sentenced for burglary, endangering children COLBY — After pleading guilty to charges stemming from a February burglary, Anthony A. Poage, 21, was sentenced Wednesday hi Thomas County District Court. Poage pleaded guilty to one count of burglary and three counts of child endangerment and received a sentence of 24 months' probation for the burglary charge and three, 12-month concurrent probation terms for the other charges. Poage originally was charged with three counts each for endangering a child for his part in placing three 12- and 13 year-old children in a situation that endangered them. He also was charged with three counts of criminal restraint and three counts of battery as well as two counts of aggravated assault for threatening the children with a knife. The incidents took place during a burglary and theft at a Colby apartment complex, at which time musical equipment and collectible items valued at nearly $5,000 were taken, and during a theft at a construction company One of the 13-year-old victims in the endangerment case was charged with burglary and felony theft. ' Kansas KU chancellor's top aide named as regents CEO TOPEKA (AP) — The state Board of Regents today selected a University of Kansas official as the board's new top administrator. The new president and chief executive officer is Reginald L.. Robinson, the chief of staff to Chancellor Robert Hemenway since 1998. Robinson, 45, also teaches civil rights and criminal law at the university. The board didn't set a specific starting date for Robinson but said he. will join its staff later tills fall. He will receive a salary of $135,000, plus a car allowance of $l,000.a month. He will replace Khn Wilcox, who resigned in July to become dean of liberal arts and sciences atKU ZACH LONG / Hays Dally News Reflected in the window of a minivan, Scott Biskie looks at different locations Monday to hang a flag at his business, Sun Yi's Academy of Tae Kwon Do, 217 W. 10th. Biskie spent the afternoon painting the building and hanging two flags. Budget cuts slice prison treatment By CAROL CRUPPER HARRIS NEWS SERVICE TOPEKA — Fewer inmates will have help overcoming drug and alcohol problems in Kansas prisons this year. Declining revenue has forced the Department of Corrections to end its short-term treatment program, which with 220 slots had been serving 1,200 inmates per year. Although the decision will save taxpayers $750,000, less clear is the cost to public safety and long-term expense of having inmates return after release. "It shouldn't cause people to panic," said Deputy Secretary Roger Haden. Yet he notes 75 percent of inmates entering the system ex^ hibit significant problems, with drugs and alcohol.^ J'' |M ' ^.,'„,',„ . 1L . ,',,, .'.,,,,,,.,. "Substance abuse is a major component of a criminal lifestyle," Haden said. Without acquiring new skills, he knows many freed convicts will revert to old behaviors once they hit the street. Within a $245.5 million budget, Corrections allots $11 million for inmate programs and services: education, substance abuse treatment, sex abuse treatment, and values-based pre-release. ADAPT, a substance abuse treatment for lower-risk offenders, is the only program eliminated to date. But if revenue continues to plunge, officials see more cuts ahead. In addition to program cutbacks, the department already has trimmed $1 million from community corrections; $763,000 from staff training; $1.3 million from vehicle purchases, travel and supplies. No one earned a pay raise. This atop cuts made in previous years. Department spokesman Bill Miskell warns that cutting programs too severely could jeopardize public safety. "We keep people locked up pretty well," he said. But of those who enter Kansas prisons, 98 percent one day will walk out. Releasing them better prepared reduces risk, Miskell said. Programs hone pro-social skills, Haden added. OFFENDER PROGRAMS CHANGED THROUGHOUT STATE Budget cuts prompted the Kansas De- the program, pays two-thirds of its cost, partment of Corrections to make a number of changes in offender program services and program slots this year. pro- Community programs • Sex offender treatment: This gram remains unchanged. • Substance abuse treatment: In-patient treatment drops from 90 days to 30. Hours of outpatient'treatment jump from 16,375 to 21,500 with services added at Salina and Wichita. . .. • Transitional Therapeutic Community Beds: Slots at Topeka and Hoisington re-. main unchanged. •• • 'GommilnityHRe^ideh'tial 'BedssrSJots i slots, drop from 188 to 162: The program" Kelps '. : " ' ' - "• J1)t> " ''•'bffe'ride'fs find B^laWfc- live, 1 -'heljfe'-wltlr Co'mmUriltyf longeri-"'"jobs'and l other'tfahsitional issue's, and"irn<-"' poses sanctions when necessary. Officials think a new focus could lead to shorter stays. • Women's substance abuse treatment: Kansas is developing a short-term substance abuse treatment program at Labette Women's Conservation Camp. It will change the focus of 16 current slots. — Source: Kansas'Department of Corrections Facility programs •''Sex offender treatment: The 312 slots remain unchanged, although Kansas has added a,substance abuse component to it's sex offender treatment at Norton. The concept was implemented last year, at Lansing and Hutchinson. } • ADAPT: > This short-term substance .b'eibuse trSatm'e'nt no longer'Is't offered* at any^karisas:prison, a'loss of 200 un- term alcohol/ treatment remains changed at 188 total beds. • Education: The state's 145 academic, 70 special education, and 365 vocational education- slots stay basically unchanged. ''/>,•'•', • InnerChange: This values-based prerelease program moved from Winfield to Ellsworth, and increased by 45 slots, from 158 to 203. Prison Fellowship, which runs "It's a little like turning straw into gold," he said. Yet budget woes forced tough choices. And when push came to shove, Kansas opted to put the bulk of its resources on high-risk offenders, thus eridihg ADAPT. "People who could benefit from treatment aren't going to get it in some cases," Haden said. In terms of prison management, it means 220 fewer prison "jobs." Officials, who think of programs as jobs, now must find something else for inmates to do and someone to supervise them. A few could earn slots in the more intensive "therapeutic community" program. At Ellsworth, some might enter InnerChange, a faith-based program with a substance-abuse component. Others might join self-help groups run by volunteers. Drug and alcohol treatment plays a critical role in rehabilitation for most inmates, Haden said. A recent review of condition violators — those who broke less serious terms of their parole — found 58 percent returned to prison for substance abuse-related issues. The direct cost: $20,000 per year per inmate. "It's very tough to break habits," Haden said. "We're dealing with something that doesn't have easy answers." As offenders move outside prison walls, they do have some transitional help. The department contracts with agencies to provide transitional therapeutic residential care, intermediate resi- de.ntial treatment, and outpatient counseling. Sexual offenders still get treatment at Norton By JAN KATZ ACKERMAN HAYS DAILY NEWS NORTON — State budget cuts have forced the Kansas Department of Corrections to slash substance abuse programs for many prisoners here at Norton Correctional Facility. Substance abuse treatment for as many as 36 inmates has ended, and more cuts could occur if the state's fiscal crisis worsens. Private firms deliver nearly all KDOC programs, while Corrections staff provides program oversight, • monitors contract compliance and evaluates program effectiveness. Roger Haden, deputy secretary of corrections for offender programs, oversees contract procurement and administration and monitors all KDOC programs. The cuts have forced him to concentrate on higher-risk offenders. "What we are looking at in corrections is substance abuse and criminality. We want to use the resources we have to focus on the higher-risk offenders. What's missing in that puzzle is trying to build models to meet the needs of all offenders," Haden said. < ; The only change at Norton will be in its substance abuse treatment program. Nearby Stockton Correctional Facility does not receive contracted substance abuse treatment programming 'because it primarily is a minimum custody work facility. In the past, Norton provided substance abuse treatment services for inmates through either a short-term, less intensive program or a long-term, intensive residential program. In fiscal year 2002, Norton had 36 short-term out-patient treatment slots. Those have been, eliminated. Norton also provides sex offender treatment services and both academic and vocational program services, Neither of these program areas will face cuts, Haden said, The substance abuse treatment slots eliminated at Norton means that only offenders who qualify as sexual offenders will receive the treatment. Those qualifying for treatment will have to have committed a sexual offense and be referred for treatment and have a substance abuse problem diagnosed. Non-sexual offenders will have to obtain treatment — if ordered by the court as part of a post-release supervision — once released from the facility. Norton Warden Jay Shelton said the short-term substance abuse program, known as ADAPT, or Alcohol 'and Drug Abuse Primary Treatment, had been successful. ' > "The ADAPT vprogram worked very well at NCF for approximately 14 years," he said. "A great many offenders have substance abuse problems as part of their •criminality. Either their crime of conviction is directly related to illegal drug activities, or their offending pattern is associated in some way with their substance abuse history" Shelton said. He said there were other benefits in addition to treating the substance abuse problems. ' "Programs like ADAPT afford offenders an opportunity to be engaged in positive, productive activity that is constructive and which occupies their time. One of the common challenges facing correctional administrators is the issue of idleness. There are generally a finite number of jobs and program assignments available, and as the offender population increases, or as program funds decrease, opportunities to have inmates productively occupied are diminished. From a facility security and public safety perspective, it is always better to have inmates .productively erigaged rather than just 'doing time,' "Shelton said. Bev Metcalf, president of Mirror Inc., Newton, one of the contract providers, said this year's cuts included Mirror's $1.2 million contract with KDOC, That led to the loss of 28 jobs statewide, four of which were at Norton. Metcalf said the company has absorbed some, but not all, of those jobs. "A few of them have been able to fill positions within our agency. But, quite frankly, there won't be enough-positions open to absorb all of them," she said.- She said because many of the employees would have to relocate to stay with Mirror, that was not a realistic option for them. Metcalf believes the changes being made within the system means losses not only for the inmates but for the public as a whole. She said inmates will have shorter duration of treatment, and programs only will service the "most higher risk" individuals. "The public expects accountability and supervision of offenders — and well they should — but if we aren't given the funds for oversight and ability to site these programs in communities throughout the state to help KDOC, I'm not sure where they will go," she said. Shelton said the sex offender treatment program would help fill some of the void. DCCCA Inc. of Lawrence is contracted for that program, which accommodates 20 prisoners, he said. Haden said that the process comes down.to a balancing act between the legislative point of view and society's point of view, "We have to look at what people of the state want and what we can provide. We look at several factors in making decisions about where we are going to take a reduction and why," he said. He predicts more cuts ahead. "The state budget situation,is still quite fluid, and further adjustments in state agency budgets may have to be made," he said. TAX: LEC in both tax plans • CONTINUED FROM PAGE Al ' "We can do what's right, or we can do what we think will pass," Chanell said. "The right thing to do is the full 1-cent, 10 years. We get what everyone needs, and it includes property tax relief. It will be nice to avoid the additional cost of a special election, but. we should take the extra time to examine and promote the issues and do something in February." Berens disagreed on a 1-cent tax. Citing the current economic climate, he said it would be better to concentrate on the LEC and leave the rest for later. "The 10-year, half-cent sales tax is a better idea," Berens "I don't think there would be anything wrong about going out later and asking for it for another 10 years. The law enforcement people want to stay there with an expansion. We are in dire need of expansion of the Law Enforcement Center, and we should do that first." Making the issue more complicated is the city has expanding the LEC as part of its sales tax package, too. This duplication of plans could make it a trickier for the county to sell its plan to the public. The county would have more money to inject into the expansion efforts. If the county tax is approved, they could use up to $6.6 million in sales tax revenue to fund the expansion. Under the city plan, $2 million is allocated for both a new fire station and renovation or expansion of the LEC. "We do know the city is talking about expansion of the Law Enforcement Center," said Mike Graf, county public works administrator. "If we go and say we are going to do the same thing, what does that exactly say? We are both acquiring dollars to do the same thing." A city-sponsored community finance task.fQirceifoundrths.LEC was overcrowded and inadequate. The Hays iPolice 'Department 'had. 27 employees'When the centeriwas* built in 1976. Now, it has 45. Police Chief Jim Brown said they had four different space needs. The largest of the four is work space. He said there is not enough space for the police to do their job. Likewise, the sheriff's department has grown, but the real problem is not enough room for the jail, Harbin said. "The LEC is tight on room, but the jail must be expanded to fit our needs for the next 20 to 30 years," Harbin said. The jail holds 30 inmates. When the number of inmates exceeds 30, they are transported to jails out of town. Also, the kitchen facilities are insufficient, Harbin said. Part of the expansion would be putting in a commercial kitchen as op- . posed to the house-sized kitchen currently in use. Harbin also said they looked at expanding the LEC on the north or the east side, but the south is their first option. \ He thought they eventually would end up working together with the Hays Police Department. The LEC is a county property, but the two governments work jointly on its operation. "This is a worthwhile project to do as we look to the future," Harbin said. "Who knows what the future will hold, but we will want to be prepared." Brown said the direction the police department would take de-: pends on the finances available to them. If a limited amount of money is given to them, they will! try to do a few minor reorganization efforts in some rooms. If the county plan is accepted, they would likely have room to expand. Lumberyard to close doors BALDWIN CITY (AP) — After nearly 90 years in business, the Baldwin City Lumber Co. has announced plans to close its doors hi October, Owner Michael Swan said he's not sure when the store's last day of operation will be. But he suspects most of the merchandise, which he's selling at reduced prices, will be gone by the end of October. The company has three employees, c ' "We had,short-term loans that turned into long-term Iparjs, and we just felt like we, were never going to get them paid off if we didn't (dose and liquidate," $wqh sa$, < The closing wijl leay<thelown of- about $.500 residen^ wJ lumberyard. ' '• ' ' • '

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