Sedgwick County Detention Facility – Wichita, KS

Sedgwick County Detention Facility is located in Sedgwick County and is the jail for that region. Looking for somebody at Sedgwick County Detention Facility? This site will tell you info about everything you might want to know about Sedgwick County Detention Facility,like the following: How to locate an inmate. How to view Sedgwick County Detention Facility mugshots. The jail’s phone number and address. Bailing out of jail. Intake procedures and booking. Court records. And everything else.

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The thought of getting arrested and going to jail is a daunting and scary idea, not only for the person who is incarcerated, but also their family and friends. The purpose of this guide is to give info that you need to make the process easier. If you have a specific question, please feel free to ask it in the comment section below, and also any feedback or comments that might be a benefit to other people in the same situation will be much appreciated.

General Information


Sedgwick County Detention Facility
141 W. Elm
Wichita, KS 67203

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: 316-383-7711

Map and Directions

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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a friend or family member that is in jail and want to find out where they are?

Has a friend or family member that’s been arrested and you need to find out where they are?

To find out who is in jail at Sedgwick County Detention Facility you need to go to their link and do an inmate search.

Inmate Search

The Sedgwick County Detention Facility Inmate Locator has information on people who have been arrested, including status, bail amount, and visiting schedule. You can also get information about anybody booked or released in the past 24 hours. Inmates are listed alphabetically by their last name. You’ll be able to get the information faster if you’ve got their full name, date of birth, or inmate ID Number.

If the inmate you are looking for may be in another county jail you can check our Kansas county jail guide: Other County Jails in Kansas


A mugshot, also known as a intake photograph, is a picture that the police take when you get booked into jail. They take one and a side-view photo. Your full name and booking number will be in the pictures, and they will be on file.

View Mugshots

Mugshotes of Sedgwick County Detention Facility prisoners can be searched on the website, or you can go in person to the Sedgwick County Detention Facility. When viewing online you will have to put in the inmate’s legal name, and a booking date, if you know it.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Are you trying to figure out what to do in order to have your mugshot removed from the Sedgwick County Detention Facility website? This may not be possible, as the mugshot is public record. To get your mugshot removed you have to file a Petition to Expunge in court. What this means is that the record of your arrest would be sealed, and unavailable to the public. It is difficult to do this, and you will most likely need the services of a lawyer.

For a more indepth article about getting your mugshot removed, the various mugshot websites, and the mugshot removal services: How To Remove Your Mugshot from the Internet

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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Obviously, once you’re incarcerated, your only thought is about when and how you will get out. After booking, a bail amount is set either by bail schedule or magistrate. In cases where no bail is set this can mean that you will either be released on your ‘own recognizance’ until your court date, or you are kept in jail until your court date.

If you do bail out you must agree to show up for court, and until that date you are not allowed to leave the area.

Typically, an inmate at Sedgwick County Detention Facility will be given time off for good behavior when they respect the rules and don’t cause any problems while locked up.

If you do exhibit good behavior and the jail believes you can be trusted, you might be given work release detail. You will be required to stay the jail every day when you’re finished with work, or you may be allowed to move to a halfway house instead of jail.


Bail is the amount of money that you will be required to pay to get out of jail until your trial. Your bail amount all depends on what crime you are charged with and how serious it is. You will need to put up 10 percent of the total that was determined so you are able to be released from jail. If you fail to show up for court, whoever posted your bail won’t get the bail money back.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

To find out how much bail money you will need to bail someone out of jail will need to call the jail. If you’ve got the person’s info, like name, address and date of birth, they will tell you the bail amount. Also, you can find out how much their bail is on the Sedgwick County Detention Facility website.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Bailing out of jail is an unpleasant situation, but usually, it’s easy. To start with, you need to find out if their bail is a “Cash Bond Only” situation. If so, you won’t be able to use the services of a Bail Bondsman. Cash only – the jail won’t take a check. As soon as you’ve paid the bail bond, the prisoner will be discharged. If this person doesn’t violate any of the terms of their release, you’ll get the bail money back.

Bail Bondsman

If the amount of bail set is large, of if you can’t pay it, you will need to use a bail bondsman. They will generally have a fee of 10-15% of the total bail amount, and sometimes have a minimum of $100. This money is non-refundable and is typically cash only. If their bail has been set particularly high, the bondsman might use your personal assets as collateral for the bond in addition to whatever their charges are.

You can find a bail bondsman go to: Find a Bail Bondsman in Sedgwick County

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

  • Early Release For Good Behavior
  • Get Out on Work Release
  • Released For Time Served
  • Get Out on a Pre-Trial Release Program
  • Released On House Arrest
  • Get Released on Your Own Recognizance

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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The jail intake procedure is made up of these steps:

  • They’ll put you in a holding cell. If the jail is really busy, you will have to wait, sometimes for many hours, before you get processed.
  • The first step is that you will have to answer some questions, such as your legal name, street address, birth date and a contact person.
  • Also, you will also be asked about your medical and psychological history.
  • You will be issued an inmate number.
  • You will be fingerprinted.
  • They will take your mugshot.
  • All personal property will be taken from you and will be stored until you are released.
  • You will be allowed to make a phone call so you can talk to a family member, friend, or bail bondsman.
  • If you are expected to be released quickly, you might get to keep wearing your own clothes, otherwise you you will have to wear a jail jumpsuit.

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Discharge Procedures

When you post bail, you will be allowed to go home after you get discharged. Getting discharged may take anywhere from 30 minutes to many hours. So, the faster you can post bail, the quicker you can get out of jail. It also might depend on whether or not you’ve got a cash bond or if a magistrate has to figure out the bail amount. For minor charges, you will get booked and get released without having to post bail. When you have served your sentence and know the date of your release, you should plan to get released that morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

for your arrest, or if you must begin your sentence in jail, it is highly advisable that you follow the rules and go down to the jail and turn yourself in. If it is for a warrant, report to the jail processing area, and tell them that you think there is an outstanding warrant for your arrest. They will check their system to see if there are any outstanding local, state or federal arrest warrants out for you, and if they verify that you have one, you will be taken into the sheriff’s custody. If you are reporting to serve out your sentence, report to the jail on the date and time that the sentence order lists. Ensure that you get don’t get there late, or they may decide to arrest you. Make sure that you only bring required items when you go, such as a driver’s license or photo ID, prescription medication, and a sentencing order from court.

Visitation Procedures

Inmates must provide each visitor’s name and date of birth to the jail in advance. This information will go in the log for the inmate. All visitors must provide a photo ID when visiting. Any visitors showing up late or that is not an approved visitor will not be allowed to attend visitation.
Visitation procedures at Sedgwick County Detention Facility can change, so you should review the official Sedgwick County Detention Facility jail site before you try to go to visitation.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

The only phone calls that inmates are allowed to make are made through a jail approved pre-paid phone account or phone card . Calls made in jail are a lot more costly than regular phone calls. Phone calls are restricted on how often you can use the phone, but you should keep in mind lots of people want to use the phone – so you have to share. If you are under any sort of disciplinary procedure, an inmate’s ability to use the phone might get reduced or forbidden.

The Sedgwick County Detention Facility phone number is: 316-383-7711

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mail has to be sent using US Postal Service. You shouldn’t use any other type of mail delivery. You should write or type the prisoner’s name, inmate number, and the jail address on the letter. Don’t send a box, envelope with padding, plastic bag, or an envelope with metal inside. Any mail will be opened and read and inspected by the jail administration, and will be sent back to the person who mailed it if they decide it is inappropriate.

Mailing Address

Use this address when sending a letter to someone incarcerated at Sedgwick County Detention Facility:

Sedgwick County Detention Facility
141 W. Elm
Wichita, KS 67203

Here is how you should address the letter:

Sedgwick County Detention Facility
141 W. Elm
Wichita, KS 67203

The mail policy can change, so be sure to review the site when you send a letter to an inmate.

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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

When you get arrested, you have certain rights, the first of which is that you have the right to request a lawyer. Remember that you may be limited to the amount of phone calls you can make, so make sure to ask a friend or family member to locate an attorney when you call. You may be thinking ‘why do I need an attorney?’ You are not required to have an attorney for some criminal charges, a lawyer will advise you about your rights, help protect your best interests and show you the way through the complicated court system in your county. The quicker you hire a lawyer to represent you and work on your case, the better.

For more information about this subject, go to: How to Find an Attorney in Sedgwick County

Public Defender

If you can’t afford a lawyer, a Public Defender will be assigned to you. In addition, the Public Defender Office has access to investigators, experts in forensics as well as case workers. You will be reassured to know that Public Defenders are licensed lawyers that are members of the State Bar and are completely licensed to handle your case.

Have you or someone you know had to use a Public Defender? How did they do?

Court Records

All court records are public records. Court records have a court case file containing a sheet called a docket sheet and all documents and motions filed during your court case. You can access your court case records with the website, or at the Clerk of Court where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

The Sedgwick County Clerk of Court is a member of the court that manages access to court records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath when court is in session, and read the verdict when delivered by the jury. All records associated with your court case are kept and available to you at the office of the Clerk of Court.


Court costs and court fees are all costs associated with your case, such as for example filing fees, motion and claim fees, and court charges. If you are low income and have been assigned a Public Defender, you may not have to pay the fees.


A Magistrate is the judge that rules over your case in court. Magistrates are judges that do many different things, such as deciding a bail amount, issuing warrants, and presiding over preliminary court hearings and detention proceedings.


A pre-sentencing report is prepared to include information about the arrestee’s background and information about the arrestee’s life and public history, which the judge will consider when determining a sentence. Information will be solicited from the defendant, their family, and in some cases the victim in the crime. Bear in mind you are allowed to ask to see a copy of your pre-sentencing report before you are sentenced, and make sure that you correct the mistakes.


After being convicted of a crime, you will be sentenced. The judge will have several different options when sentencing you, including community service to probation, to incarceration in either jail (short term) or prison (long term). Depending on the severity of the crime, you could be immediately taken into custody, or you might be given a date to go to jail to serve your jail term according to your sentence.

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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Want to find out if a family member of friend is currently in jail, or has been an inmate in the past?

To do so, just go to the Sedgwick County jail website and do an inmate search lookup, and do a search using:

  • The inmate’s name.
  • Birth date.
  • Their approximate booking date.
  • and their jail ID.

If you think this person is in jail, you should call the jail find out if they’ve been arrested.

Warrant Inquiry

If you think you might have an outstanding warrant, you can access arrest warrants inquiry online or you are able to call the court. This requires a first and last name. Or, you can just go the jail in person and inquire at the information desk. You should know that there is an outstanding warrant for your arrest, they will take you into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know the person’s first and last name, and their arrest date, contact the Sedgwick County jail, by phone, in person, or check online. Arrest records are public record and this information is available to anyone.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when when you get served with legal papers, like court orders. You can find these civil process orders by contacting the Sedgwick County Sheriff’s office, by phone or online.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All registered sex offenders are required to be registered and listed on the sex offender databases required by the area they live in. The people listed on these databases have been convicted in a court of law of a sex offense. You are able to view these offenders on the internet, but keep in mind that you will not get the street address, but only the block they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are public, and are accessible by anyone. These records include a case file containing a docket and any of the filings and documents filed in your court case. You can access the court records on the website, or at Clerk of Court office where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each state maintains records of someone’s criminal history. These online databases are linked together so you can track criminal histories from other states. You can go to the Sedgwick County Courthouse and check in person, or check online. It helps to know which county the crime occurred in, and in the event that it was in a different state entirely, you might have to pay a fee for a more intensive search.

When you look up someone’s criminal record you will find out if a person has ever been arrested, charged or convicted for these crimes:

  • DWI or DUI.
  • Drug Possession of Drug Trafficking.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Rape or other sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes.
  • Theft.

But, when you do a criminal records check, in most cases will not be able to find out if that person has had any infractions like moving violations:

  • Speeding tickets.
  • Lost their drivers license or license revoked or suspended.
  • Accidents.
  • Other moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To find driving records, you have to do a driving history search.

    Have you ever had to look for criminal records online? How hard was it? Was your search online or did you have to make a phone call to the local courthouse? Was it correct? There are many reasons that people look up criminal backgrounds and records, and your account could make it easier for others.

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    Most Wanted

    On a Federal level, the FBI maintains a list of the Ten Most Wanted Fugitives. In Sedgwick County,The Sheriff’s Department maintains their own list of the top most wanted criminals in the county.

    FBI Ten Most Wanted List: External Link

    Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Department Ten Most Wanted List: Link

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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    While the prospect of getting locked up in Sedgwick County Detention Facility is very scary, eventually you will get used to the daily routine there. Prisoners get an alarm for wake-up at 6:00am, and then you’ll have roll call. Next, you will eat breakfast. After breakfast, you will have to work in the program that has been assigned to you. This could be working in the kitchen, laundry, or some sort of manufacturing job. While this may seem tedious, it may help you when you leave jail, as you are gaining experience in a certain field of work. Other inmates go to school, while some take part in mandated treatment programs. After lunch, there will be another roll call, then back to work. Your evening will be spent either in your cell or a common room. During this time dinner is served and you will be expected to take a shower. After another roll call, it’s lights out. Even though you will be confined to your cell, there may be enough light to read or write letters. Then again, most inmates welcome lights out, and try to get as much sleep as they can.

    Most people are frightened at the idea of jail because they don’t know what to expect. If you have spent any time in Sedgwick County Detention Facility, your experiences would be welcomed, if it can help another person to deal with it.

    Dress Code

    When incarcerated, all inmates are expected to wear the Sedgwick County Detention Facility uniform. This is normally a jumpsuit or scrubs. Of note to anyone visiting an inmate – you must be properly dressed. Any clothing considered inappropriate will not be permitted.

    How To Send Money to an Inmate

    You will have your own ‘bank account’ while in jail. This money is used to purchase items from the Commissary. Family and friends can deposit money into this account for you, and any money you earn while in prison will also be deposited into your account. Outside money can be paid in to your account via a money order, cash or check. If someone sends a check or money order, make sure that they write your inmate ID on it. The maximum amount you are allowed in your account is $290 per month.

    The rules for sending money to people in jail might change, so check the site before you send any funds.


    The commissary is the jail store. You can purchase a number of things here, such as toiletries, snacks and writing supplies. Bear in mind that you will probably want to use the commissary daily, and any infractions will get that privilege taken away from you.

    Inmate Medications

    If you are on any type of prescription medication, you will be allowed to continue taking it while in jail. When you are first processed, you will be asked what medication you take. You will then be referred to the jail nurse or doctor who will be in charge of monitoring your health and prescribing your medication.


    You will get three meals a day: breakfast, lunch and dinner. As expected, they are very basic, but healthy. A typical breakfast might be cereal, toast, coffee and fruit. Lunch might be spaghetti, salad, bread and milk. Dinner could be chicken casserole, rice, vegetables, dessert and milk. Contrary to popular belief, prison food has greatly improved over the years, and you might find that it’s not much different from what you would eat at home.

    Pods / The Yard

    The jail is designed in a ‘pod’ layout, with self contained housing arranged around an outdoor yard. Each pod has a central control station and a common room, and the inmates take turns in using the yard. The jail is designed this way to keep certain inmates together, and others away from the general population.


    As with life in general, gangs are a part of prison life. Obviously it is best to avoid becoming a part of this environment as it will only lead to trouble. When you first enter prison, you might find yourself being ‘primed’ to join a gang, or worse, you might get their attention in a negative way. The best thing to do is keep your head down and don’t get involved.

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    Types of Jobs at Sedgwick County Detention Facility

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Sedgwick County Detention Facility, overseeing the day to day operations and administration of the jail. An inmate is unlikely to have much interaction with the Deputy Sheriff, unless they have committed an infraction. Detention Officers are responsible for the custody and care of the inmates. They maintain order in the jail, and handle security. A Detention Officer is assigned to a certain pod, and therefore is responsible for the same inmates each day. They get to know the inmates on a certain level, and are well equipped to handle any problems that may occur.

    Apply for a Job at Sedgwick County Detention Facility


    • You must be over the age of 21.
    • You must possess a High School Diploma or GED
    • You must be a US Citizen.
    • You must pass a Criminal, Credit and Driving History background check.
    • You must pass a drug test.
    • You must have a good level of fitness.
    • You must be in good health.
    • You must have a valid Drivers License
    • An applicant for Deputy Sheriff must possess a Law Enforcement Certification.

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    Family Resources

    There are resources for families of both the perpetrator of the crime and the victim. The social and emotional impact of crime is far reaching, affecting many. Families can receive professional counseling, court related assistance, social services assistance and help in navigating the criminal justice system.

    If you are a family member, which resources did you find to be particularly helpful? Please let us know, as this will be helpful to other families in the same situation.

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    Victim Resources

    Important Note: If you, or someone you know, are in immediate danger, call 911.

    Victim’s Rights

    The Victim Rights Act grants victims the following rights:

    • You have the right to protection from the accused.
    • You have the right to notification.
    • You have the right to attend proceedings.
    • You have the right to speak at criminal justice proceedings.
    • You have the right to consult with the prosecuting attorney.
    • You have the right to restitution.
    • You have the right to a speedy trial.
    • You have the right to be treated with fairness, dignity and respect.

    The definition of victim includes:

    • Spouses and children of all victims.
    • Parents and guardians of minor victims.
    • Parents, guardians and siblings of mentally or physically incapacitated victims or victims of homicide.
    • Foster parents or other caregivers, under certain circumstances.

    There are a number of services and programs designed to help victims and their families. You can find out about these services by contacting the courthouse, or local law enforcement agency.

    Victim Notification

    The Department of Justice Victim Notification System (VNS) is a system that provides victims with information pertaining to their case and/or any defendants in the case. You will receive a Victim Identification Number (VIN) and a Personal Identification Number (PIN) that will allow you to access VNS via the internet or by phone. Here, you will find information about future court hearings, historical court events, and detailed information about the defendant. This will include criminal charges filed, the outcome of charges, sentence imposed, custody location, projected release date and any other release information. The VNS website is updated daily. You will also receive any ongoing information by mail or email.

    Have you, a family member or friend ever used the Victim Notification System? If so, was it effective? Did you get the information in a timely manner? Was the system difficult to use? We would like to hear from you, so please post any comments here.

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    Sex Offender Information and Search

    All people registered as sex offenders are registered on either a national or state sex offender database. The people on these databases have been convicted of a sex or kidnapping crime. You can access this information online, but bear in mind that you will not get the exact address, rather the block that they live on.

    Domestic Violence

    If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence, there are services to help you. Your county will have a Domestic Violence Services office. They provide free and confidential services, such as emergency shelter information, legal advocacy, support groups and domestic violence education. They will work to help you create a safe and violence-free life, and heal from the trauma of abuse.

    Important Note: If you, or someone you know, are in immediate danger, call 911.

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    Reviews of this Jail

    Have you ever been a prisoner at Sedgwick County Detention Facility? Do you have a friend or family member that is an inmate there? Have you ever been to visit someone at this jail?

    If so, then please leave a comment below about it. Write about your jail experience so other people can learn what to expect.

    What to put in the review:

    • Jail conditions.
    • Jail, yard and pod facility and layout
    • Guards and staff
    • Commissary and food
    • Visitation
    • The other inmates – what are they like?
    • Inmate safety
    • Jail gangs
    • Activities and programs

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    Tell Your Story

    Everybody who’s been arrested and thrown in jail has some stories about their time ‘inside’. Why’d you get arrested? Were you mistreated? What was your daily routine in jail? What about the other inmates? How did it affect you to go to jail?

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    Links and Resources

    Main Sedgwick County Detention Facility Link
    Sedgwick County Detention Facility Inmate Search
    Sedgwick County Detention Facility Mugshots
    Sedgwick County Detention Facility Bail Link

    Sedgwick County Detention Facility Visitation Policy Link
    Sedgwick County Detention Facility Jail Mail Link
    Locate an inmate at Sedgwick County Detention Facility
    Sedgwick County Detention Facility Warrant Inquiry Link
    Sedgwick County Detention Facility Arrest Inquiry
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    Jobs at Sedgwick County Detention Facility

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  1. The holding cells are filthy and freezing. The majority of staff is rude, uncaring and insensitive the the needs of the inmates. There were two female inmates that jumped off the second tier of their particular pod within a 60 day time period. They held two female inmates in solitary confinement for more than 30 days without cause. The food is awful and everyone that is indigent literally starves. You have to be at death’s door to get any decent medical attention. The only good thing I can say about Sedgwick county jail is that Christian Ministry to Offenders does a wonderful job providing church services and bible education. They are available for one-on-one minister visits which is very helpful to inmates. They are the only ones in Sedgwick Co jail that seem to care about the inmates. The inmate trustee program is based on popularity and is simply a joke. Inmates with no aggravated charges are routinely housed with more violent inmates in the aggravated pods. The safety of inmates in aggravated pods is always a concern as the pod deputy will not intervene in the event of violence between inmates until the other 3 completely separate pods are locked down. This usually takes SEVERAL minutes and much physical damage can be inflicted in that amount of time. There are attitudes of racism (black on white) among the deputies. I witnessed black inmates getting special treatment many times.

  2. I know that the Sedgwick County detention center is more about punishment. I would like to Sedgwick County make a counselor available at the time a person is booked, or immediately following. My niece was recently arrested for child abuse. I bet the Sedgwick county detention center is unaware of her background. My brother, her father was a cocaine addict as far back as her birth and was a junkie. There was spousal abuse, a trailer that typically had holes in the walls, broken windows, destroyed toys and dishes, etc. My brother also OD’d once in the bathroom and if it had not been for the dog, would have died. My sister-in-law became a closet alcoholic when the kids were in the second and third grade. More recently my brother was in jail for domestic abuse, etc. when my niece called the police on him. I was in court when she spoke in front of the judge with tears and asked for her dad to be evaluated and placed in an inpatient drug treatment center. He stared straight ahead and would not acknowledge or speak to her, and more or less told the judge she was “out to get him” and he did not have a problem. Afterwards he called her and told her she was no longer his daughter, he would never speak to her again, or her daughter. Her husband (a control freak) recently divorced her and made her life hell, dragging the court case out for months and did everything in his power to keep her from getting even minimal visitation rights and then only if he was present. This pressure and stress, on top of years of exposure to alcohol and drug addiction had caused her to have a nervous breakdown when her grandmother (my mom) gave her power of attorney following her third stroke which resulted in partial paralysis. She had a good job as the manager of a fast food restaurant and shared custody of her daughter. There had never been any abuse at all, and her dau. is 13, I believe. Sadly, my nieces own bi-polar, her lack of insurance and the ability to purchase her medication, not being able to continue in the therapy she had begun two years ago, resulted in her self-medicating with an illegal pill. The system, in effect, failed her completely. She now is facing jail time for ONE incident. Her ex-husband is drilling it into her daughter’s head that she is just like “her father”, my brother. And that is simply not true. There are some people who need inpatient treatment with a strong psychological component to help them deal with the consequences of years of emotional and mental abuse beginning in childhood and carrying on in their adult life from a parent, or parents. If a counselor were available at the Sedgwick County jail at the time a person is booked or within 72 hours, and a psych eval were done, this information could be presented to a judge and their lawyer at the time of sentencing so the person could get the proper help. My niece is beating herself up mentally for what she did and calling herself a bad parent over ONE incident after being a parent for 12 years. Or if the accused’s attorney were given the option of accessing their mental health records or having the therapist testify on the person’s behalf at the time of arraignment or sentencing, then some detainees could get the help they so desperately need and want. We talk so eloquently about the need for better mental health services (by the governor, etc.) to help prevent crimes against children or by children, then do nothing and nothing changes. ALL inpatient drug and alcohol facilities should have a strong mental health component, and ALL facilities where those who have been charged with their first and only minor child abuse issue are sent for incarceration whether in a minimum or maximum security facility should have qualified therapists available for those who grew up in a very volatile environment and who carry that baggage with them into adulthood. Only then will the cycle of abuse have a chance to end and those persons like my niece be able to move on and have a strong and positive life free of the shackles of their environment growing up.

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