Kansas is one of just 8 states in the country that grants access to personal information despite warnings against the practice by federal officials.
A bill that would have required the Kansas Department of Corrections to stop granting inmates access to personally identifiable information as they perform contracted data entry and document scanning work for city, county and state government agencies, was tabled this week in a State Senate Committee.
Members of the Judiciary Committee were pacified by a promise from State Department of Corrections Secretary Roger Werholtz. He told the Committee that the rules would be re-written by August 1st limiting the ability of inmates performing prison industry jobs to obtain birthdates and numbers associated with Social Security cards, driver’s licenses and bank accounts.
The Kansas Department of Transportation estimates that the bill would have cost them as much as $125,000 in the current fiscal year that ends June 30th and an estimated $75,000 more to hire non-inmates to enter sensitive information.