The Kansas Department of Corrections

Stephen Koranda

Kansas is facing a shortage of corrections workers in state prisons. Everyone agrees it's a problem, but there isn’t agreement on how to pay for a solution. As KPR’s Stephen Koranda reports, lawmakers discussed the issue during committee meetings this week.

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Gov. Sam Brownback is having events in four Kansas communities this week to promote corrections programs designed to help offenders return to productive lives after their time behind bars.

The events begin Tuesday morning with a tour and question-and-answer session for reporters at Johnson County's minimum-security residential center for adult offenders in New Century.

The governor plans to travel Wednesday morning to the state's maximum-security prison outside El Dorado to have a news conference about programs designed to prevent inmates from becoming repeat offenders.

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A bipartisan panel is doing a top-to-bottom review of the juvenile justice system in Kansas.

Desert Waters Correctional Outreach

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.

The Kansas Department of Corrections plans to add space for 640 inmates at the state's maximum-security prison outside El Dorado.

Director of Capital Improvements Michael Gaito discussed the department's plans Wednesday with the Kansas Legislature's Joint Committee on State Building Construction.

The department has two major projects planned at El Dorado, with a potential total cost of nearly $38 million dollars.

Gaito says projected increases in the state's inmate population are driving the plans.