The Kansas Department of Corrections

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The Larned Correctional Mental Health Facility is being converted to a medium-security prison this summer and the nearly 150 mental health inmates currently held there will be moved to the larger El Dorado Correctional Facility, the Kansas Department of Corrections said.

The plan announced this week quickly drew concerns from Larned officials and an organization that represents corrections officers, The Hutchinson News reported.

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Programs that help adults who commit felony crimes get their lives back on track will continue in Sedgwick County. County commissioners on Wednesday approved a $4 million grant application to the Kansas Department of Corrections for the Community Corrections programs.

The Community Corrections programs are state-mandated and mostly state funded.

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The Kansas Department of Corrections says a lockdown at the Lansing Correctional Facility was lifted today.

Four separate attacks on staff members Thursday led to a lockdown of the maximum security unit. That meant all programs and visitation in the maximum security section of the prison were cancelled. Adam Pfannenstiel, with the Department of Corrections, says four staff members suffered minor injuries in the attacks last week.

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A Kansas House committee has approved raises for corrections officers in the state’s prisons, but didn’t approve any across-the-board raises for state workers.

Some members of the committee noted that many state employees haven’t received a raise since 2009. House Appropriations Committee Chairman Ron Ryckman said they might be able to consider raises for more workers if efficiency recommendations from a recent state spending study are put into effect.

A new measure in the Kansas Legislature that would allow compensation for those wrongfully convicted of crimes was inspired by the case of a man who spent several years in prison for a murder he didn't commit.

Rep. Ramon Gonzalez, R-Perry, presented draft legislation Thursday to the House Committee on Corrections and Juvenile Justice, The Topeka Capital-Journal reported. The measure doesn't have a bill number and hearings on the measure haven't been scheduled.

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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.

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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.

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.