Pratt County

For the first time ever, Pratt County is sending inmates to other counties because of overcrowding at its jail.

Sheriff Vernon Chinn says he recently sent four inmates to Ford County because the jail was over its capacity of 30 beds.

Chinn says the jail has seen a big increase in population this year, ranging from a low of 22 to a high of 38.

Chinn attributes the increase to cases taking longer to go to trial and inmates serving their sentences in the county jail, rather than being sent to prisons.

Budget cuts forced by federal sequestration will mean the end of Head Start and Early Head Start in three south-central Kansas counties.

The closures in Pratt, Stafford and Kingman counties will take place at the end of this month.