Blaise MesaSocial Services and Criminal Justice Reporter
Blaise Mesa reports on criminal justice and social services for the Kansas News Service in Topeka.
The Department for Children and Families says it works to make sure gay, lesbian and transgender foster children end up in welcoming homes, but nothing in state law requires special consideration.
The state's high court ruled the state's criminal registry rules aren't punitive and that they can be imposed even in crimes committed before the statutes demanding life-long check-ins were imposed.
Kansas prisons were hotbeds of coronavirus infections early in the pandemic, but vaccinations appear to have protected those inmates living in close quarters.