The Kansas House has approved the 2015 budget for the Department of Corrections, authorizing more than $390 million for state prisons and programs.
The bill passed 79-41 on Thursday, sending the measure to the Senate and restoring the funding that was vetoed last year by Gov. Sam Brownback.
The spending covers the fiscal year beginning July 1 and includes funding for additional corrections officers and increased health care costs.
The Kansas Department of Corrections has announced plans to improve security at Topeka's juvenile detention facility.
Kansas prison officials are turning to Facebook to help find people who skip out on court-mandated parole.Each Monday, the Department of Corrections will post information about an offender who has failed to maintain contact with his or her parole officer. Such individuals are termed absconders and have warrants issued for their arrests.
Recent changes in the way convicted offenders are supervised after their release could help control Kansas' prison population.
A review of state Department of Corrections records found that within the past three years 19 Kansas inmates serving life sentences for first-degree murder have been released on parole.
A House committee has endorsed Gov. Sam Brownback's proposal to reorganize the state's juvenile corrections system.
Brownback signed an order last month to move the Juvenile Justice Authority inside the Department of Corrections. The JJA is currently an independent agency.
Supporters of the reorganization point to legislative audits that showed repeated safety and security problems in a facility run by the JJA.
Representative John Rubin, a Republican from Shawnee, says the move is needed to improve the agency.