File photo by ALLISON LONG The Kansas City Star . The conversations go like this:
An inmate nearing the end of his or her prison sentence is called to a meeting. A Kansas City police detective, a parole officer and an advocate for the inmate pull up chairs.
Their tone is firm, the players say, but genuine and not threatening. The inmate’s criminal record, along with his or her disciplinary file while incarcerated, is flipped open.