Kansas courts to use statistical tool for parolees

OLATHE | State court officials say they have received funding to begin using a statistical analysis tool that determines how likely people are to succeed at probation or parole.

The program has been used in Johnson County District Court and the Kansas Department of Corrections for six years.

Roger Haden, deputy secretary of corrections, says the system helped the state have the second-lowest growth in prison population nationwide from 2000 to 2009.

The analysis asks parolees 54 open-ended questions that score in each of 10 categories like criminal history, companions, substance abuse problems and attitudes.

The Kansas City Star reported Tuesday that the new funding will allow the state to train court services probation workers statewide to use the system.