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Posted Friday, April 20, 2018 - 3:45pm

Douglas County Counselor states that petition may not be able to force an election

LAWRENCE, KS (April 20, 2018) –After issuing the April 16 advisory opinion to Justice Matters on the legality of the petition, the County Counselor was subsequently asked to consider whether the petition can lawfully seek a referendum election to increase the County property tax levy.

Posted Monday, April 16, 2018 - 4:40pm

Douglas County Counselor outlines several issues with submitted petition as currently written

LAWRENCE, KS (April 16, 2018) – Justice Matters authored a petition that would seek to place a question on the November 6, 2018 general election ballot. They presented this petition to the Douglas County Counselor for legal review as provided by Kansas statutes.

Posted Wednesday, April 11, 2018 - 4:41pm

Douglas County District Attorney Charles Branson announces that today a jury convicted Lawrence resident Michael L. Henderson, 38, of electronic solicitation.

Posted Monday, April 9, 2018 - 5:37pm

Beginning Wednesday morning, April 11, 2018, pavement rehabilitation work will commence on Route 1023 (N 851 Diag Road) from N 950 Road to the Route 1023/Route 458/Route 6 intersection.  The pavement will be milled and patched prior to receiving an overlay of new asphalt pavement.  One lane of traffic will be open through construction, and will be controlled by flaggers.  The rehabilitation work for this road segment is anticipated to take two weeks duration, weather permitting.


Posted Thursday, April 5, 2018 - 3:15pm
Hear from community health partners about their vision for an integrated system of care.
Posted Friday, March 23, 2018 - 12:18pm
Learn more about the ballot initiative to expand mental health services in the community and improve the Jail.
Posted Thursday, March 22, 2018 - 9:25am
Listen to this powerful story of how Douglas County's jail reentry programming helped transform a life.
Posted Tuesday, March 20, 2018 - 1:30pm

Douglas County Plans Information Sessions for Residents on Mental Health, Jail

Lawrence, KS, March 20, 2018 — Douglas County has announced a series of four information sessions open to the public to learn more about the ballot initiative to expand mental health services and improve the jail.

County Commissioners, jail staff, health partners and other experts will present the facts about the proposed half-cent sales tax and field questions from the audience.

Posted Thursday, March 15, 2018 - 4:58pm

Douglas County District Attorney Charles Branson announces Kansas City, Kansas resident Pierre P. Walker, 20, was sentenced earlier today following his January jury trial conviction on three counts of aggravated robbery and felony cruelty to animals.  The Court sentenced him to 102 months for the first aggravated robbery conviction, 59 months for the second aggravated robbery conviction and 43 months for the third aggravated robbery conviction.  The Court ordered the sentences be served consecutively for a total of 204 months in prison, which is the maximum sentence allowed by law.

Posted Wednesday, March 14, 2018 - 4:36pm

Douglas County District Attorney Charles Branson announces the Douglas County Women’s Substance Use Disorder Prosecutor-Led Diversion and Treatment Program (WDP) is ready to accept its first referrals and participantsThe DA’s Office is launching the program this month and will accept a total of 8-12 participants annually.  The goal of the program is to reduce justice system involvement by non-violent, female offenders with substance use disorders through engagement in comprehensive substance abuse treatment.  Diversion to substance abuse treatment can reduce substance

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