During budget planning, the Unified Government Board of Commissioners agreed to fund in the 4th Quarter of 2018 and 2019, the Conviction Integrity Unit requested by District Attorney Mark Dupree. As envisioned by the District Attorney, the CIU would review credible and verifiable claims of innocence, prosecutorial misconduct, ineffective assistance of counsel and law enforcement error.
Mayor David Alvey has issued the following statement:
“Earlier today, I informed District Attorney Mark Dupree that the Conviction Integrity Unit requested by the District Attorney will come before the Unified Government Commission on August 30th. The Commission voted to allocate these funds to be available to the District Attorney beginning in the fourth quarter of 2018.
During the budget process, the money was allocated and placed in reserves while awaiting clarification from the Kansas Attorney General. That response has come and stated the District Attorney is well within his rights to use these funds to address cases that fall under K.S.A. 60-1507. It is vital that our publicly elected Commission take the time to fully review all expenditures of taxpayer dollars. I believe that responsibility has been met and I plan to place this on the August 30th agenda. If approved, the funds will be released this fall as part of normal fiscal allocations.”