The Roeland Park City Council earlier this month unanimously approved an agreement into enter a work release program with Johnson County.People incarcerated in relation to municipal offenses can now participate in the work release program, which reduces city expenses, according to city documents. Police Chief John Morris said the city has very few people who are in jail for long periods of time — typically maxed out at two days — so someone in the work release program would be a more serious offender.“I can’t even remember anybody, since I’ve been here, we’ve actually put on [a] work release,” Morris said. “I think this is just another option we’d like to have available for us.”The program benefits participants because “it reduces disruption to their work schedule” and avoids potentially lost wages, according to city documents. People who are unemployed are also accepted into the program, and are assisted with finding employment. Additionally, participants who are not legally allowed to drive are provided with transportation to work.Councilmember Jim Kelly asked how much the city pays, per day, for someone that’s incarcerated. Morris said he believes the city pays $50 a day after a fee increase. The work release program fee is $35, and Kelly clarified that the program would save the city $15 a day per person.The city council unanimously approved the agreement with no further discussion. Agreement details can be found in city documents here.
The world stood still for a few moments when I ran across Mickey Spencer on Wednesday afternoon. How could I not see this 13-year old in his bright red shirt sitting atop a guard rail with his fishing line dangling in the waters of Davis Creek below. Fishing is Spencer’s passion. Only the coldest and rainiest days keep him from “draggin’ the line.” He tells WLAF that in the summer he fishes about four hours a day; two in the morning and a couple more in the afternoon. Even after he returns to Wynn School, 7th grade coming up, he’ll be back at the bridge in the afternoons.He mostly uses bread for bait. Sometimes worms. But it doesn’t matter what he catches, he throws it back in. He loves just seeing what the next pretty fish looks like.Thanks for the time, Mick, as you took a break for me from draggin’ the line. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 07/12/2018-6AM)Share this:FacebookTwitter