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The Kansas Department of Corrections is rolling out a newly developed staff wellness program aimed at addressing corrections fatigue, a result of the intrinsic challenges and stress of working in prisons or as a parole officer. The plan will ensure that staff are not only well-trained, but are also mentally and emotionally prepared for their jobs. KMUW’s Abigail Wilson has this report…


Katie Herzberg is a parole officer at the Wichita parole and re-entry office.

Kansas is getting nearly $640,000 in federal funds for a technical training program for Topeka Correctional Facility inmates.

The Kansas Department of Commerce, which received the grant, says the money will fund Certified Production Training courses at Washburn Institute of Technology.

The classes work to prepare inmates for jobs when they're released from prison.

The Commerce Department says it's working with the state Department of Corrections and Washburn University in administering the grant.

The Kansas House has approved the 2015 budget for the Department of Corrections, authorizing more than $390 million for state prisons and programs.

The bill passed 79-41 on Thursday, sending the measure to the Senate and restoring the funding that was vetoed last year by Gov. Sam Brownback.

The spending covers the fiscal year beginning July 1 and includes funding for additional corrections officers and increased health care costs.

The Kansas Department of Corrections has announced plans to improve security at Topeka's juvenile detention facility.

Kansas Using Facebook To Nab Parole Absconders

Sep 25, 2013

Kansas prison officials are turning to Facebook to help find people who skip out on court-mandated parole.

Each Monday, the Department of Corrections will post information about an offender who has failed to maintain contact with his or her parole officer. Such individuals are termed absconders and have warrants issued for their arrests.

Recent Changes Could Reduce Kansas Prison Population

Sep 12, 2013

Recent changes in the way convicted offenders are supervised after their release could help control Kansas' prison population.

19 Kansas Murderers Paroled In Last 3 Years

Feb 11, 2013

A review of state Department of Corrections records found that within the past three years 19 Kansas inmates serving life sentences for first-degree murder have been released on parole.

A House committee has endorsed Gov. Sam Brownback's proposal to reorganize the state's juvenile corrections system.

Brownback signed an order last month to move the Juvenile Justice Authority inside the Department of Corrections. The JJA is currently an independent agency.

Supporters of the reorganization point to legislative audits that showed repeated safety and security problems in a facility run by the JJA.

Representative John Rubin, a Republican from Shawnee, says the move is needed to improve the agency.