The number of mentally ill prisoners in Kansas has increased by 126 percent since 2006. Nearly two out of every five adult inmates in Kansas are classified as mentally ill.
Republican Senator Steve Fitzgerald blames the spike on the state's failure to develop an effective, community-based system of treatment. His district includes Lansing Correctional Facility.
Fitzgerald says Kansas Department of Corrections Secretary Ray Roberts is by default the provider of last resort for a growing group of people with mental illness.
A recent audit uncovered mismanagement and safety problems at the Kansas Juvenile Correctional Complex in Topeka.
The Legislative Division of Post Audit compiled the report on the facility, which houses around 250 juveniles.
Auditor Scott Frank says this report was unique, because cameras at the facility aided the investigation.
He says the cameras allowed them to confirm assaults or other issues, and it can sometimes be difficult to confirm claims made during an audit investigation.