Douglas County has one of the lowest incarceration rates in the state and it is far below the national average. This is, in part, due to the County’s array of programs to divert individuals safely away from jail.
Douglas County is working with a broad coalition of health care agencies to build an integrated system of care that moves from crisis and illness as a norm to recovery and prevention as a practice.
The County Commission has approved several measures to serve residents with mental illness and substance use disorders, including building a crisis center and supporting staffing and programming in newly constructed transitional housing.
Douglas County has proposed a half-cent sales tax to finance a jail configuration and expansion and mental illness and substance use disorder crisis center and campus.
The County Commission has adopted ballot language proposing a half-cent sales tax to be decided by county voters by May 15, 2018.
The County has proposed this new half-cent sales tax to finance:
Have a question about the jail configuration and expansion plan or the vision for an integrated system to provide mental health care and substance use disorder services? Read our Frequently Asked Questions.
Douglas County District Attorney Charles Branson announces today that following a preliminary hearing the Court bound over Topeka residents Anthony Roberts, Jr., 20, Ahmad Rayton, 22, and Dominique J. McMillon, 19, on charges related to the October 1 Massachusetts Street triple homicide. A trial date was scheduled for May 14 and bond amounts remain unchanged.
Douglas County District Attorney Charles Branson announces that Lawrence resident Tria L. Evans, 38 and Leavenworth resident Christina L. Towell, 37, each had a first appearance this afternoon in the Pro Tem Division of Douglas County District Court. Both Evans and Towell are charged with first degree murder, conspiracy to commit first degree murder, arson and aggravated burglary associated with the death of Joel Wales in November 2017.
Douglas County District Attorney Charles Branson announces today a jury convicted 20-year-old Kansas City, Kansas resident Pierre P. Walker of three counts of aggravated robbery and one count of felony cruelty to animals. This was the third jury trial of this case. The first two trials ended with hung juries in July and October 2017.
During its 6:00 PM meeting on January 3, 2018, the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) will discuss planned improvements to Route 1055 from the north leg of the curve at E 1650 Road/N 700 Road to the intersection with E 1700 Road at Vinland. An improvement project is planned for construction in 2019. The BOCC meeting is held on the 2nd floor of the county courthouse at 11th & Massachusetts in Lawrence.
Douglas County District Attorney Charles Branson announces that today a jury convicted Lawrence resident Stacey N. Ballard, 24, of aggravated robbery.