Kansas Attorney General Phill Kline announced a plan to search for parole violators. He apparently did not consult first with the Department of Corrections, which has managed the hunt so far.
The Kansas City Star reports that Kline created a task force to focus on finding and arresting parole and probation violators. “There is not enough being done to apprehend absconders from justice,” he said.
Kline is vows to track down state’s 19 most violent parole violators who remain at large, the Wichita Eagle says. “We’re focusing on the worst of the worst,” he said.
The task force has already found six violators, one of them a convicted murderer who violated parole, Kline said. About 460 absconders are on the loose. The Corrections Department said it had operated a Special Enforcement Unit for the same purpose for the last decade.
Criminals who fail to follow the terms of their parole and probation pose a constant problem for corrections departments all over the United States. Missouri operates an around-the-clock command center and three fugitive apprehension units.