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One year later, Wichita works through 60 recommendations to avert another tragedy like Cedric Lofton’s

In response to the death of 17-year-old Cedric “CJ” Lofton a year ago, Sedgwick County asked 23 community members to form a task force to explore what systemic problems in foster care, emergency response and law enforcement contributed to his demise. The group was officially called the Community Task Force to Review Youth Corrections Systems…

Suicide is the leading cause of death in Kansas jails. The Sedgwick County Jail is struggling to combat this trend.

Update: On Aug. 24, Sedgwick County Jail saw its fourth person this year die while in custody. A 38-year-old male was found unresponsive and EMS pronounced him dead at the scene. A preliminary investigation determined the death a result of natural causes; an autopsy is pending. Content warning: This story contains references to and descriptions of…

Drug overdose deaths caused by fentanyl are skyrocketing in Wichita. Here’s what you need to know.

In the past four years, the number of people who died from drug overdoses annually in Sedgwick County more than doubled, a dramatic increase attributed almost entirely to fentanyl. The rise in fentanyl overdoses is a recent, growing problem that’s required an urgent response from the city, according to law enforcement and forensic scientists.   Fentanyl…

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