Police can take money, cars and other property from Kansans through a process called civil asset forfeiture. Police say it’s a tool that stops criminals. But opponents say law enforcement takes too much.
The American Civil Liberties Union of Kansas and the National Police Accountability Project are suing Kansas over delays in mental health evaluations at the chronically understaffed Larned State Hospital.
After a 2021 legislative session packed with election proposals, Kansas officials and advocacy groups again are looking at both election integrity and accessibility issues.
A new program in Kansas backed by the U.S. Department of Justice aims to identify and snuff the illegal practice of denying a creditworthy applicant a loan for housing in certain neighborhoods. The large gap in homeownership rates between white and Black families is greater today than it was before the passage of the Fair Housing Act.
The administration of Gov. Laura Kelly reached agreement with a coalition of civil rights organizations to provide additional voter registration information to people on public assistance and bring the state into compliance with the National Voter Registration Act.
“Voters should choose their politicians — not the other way around,” Sharon Brett writes in this column.
The violence and neglect suffered by inmates at a pre-trial detention facility in Leavenworth has become so severe the facility should be shut down, a group of civil rights leaders and public defenders wrote in a letter to officials in Kansas and Washington, D.C.
When 8th-grader Izzy Dieker told her friend, “I’m a lesbian,” a bus driver stopped the bus and confronted the 14-year-old about her use of “inappropriate” language, and the girl was suspended from school.
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