Kansas Prisons

Stephen Koranda

Kansas prison space is already at capacity and the problem of overcrowding is expected to get worse.

Corrections Secretary Ray Roberts says lawmakers should consider expanding the El Dorado facility to help manage the inmate population.

There are other options to help in the short-term, such as reducing sentences for inmates who complete job training or drug treatment classes. But Roberts believes expanding the El Dorado prison is a better, long-term solution.

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Staffing shortages at the Hutchinson Correctional Facility have resulted in the end of a partnership allowing inmates to train service dogs.

The correctional facility has worked with Canine Assistance Rehabilitation Education and Services, or CARES, since 2009. Since then, 125 inmates have been involved in the basic training of 245 service dogs.

The prison had one full-time officer overseeing the program, but because of an on-going hiring shortage that officer is now in a security job.

The Kansas Department of Corrections acknowledges that its inspectors consistently found dirty kitchens and other food safety violations at several state prisons.

The department does its own inspections, although it follows Kansas Department of Agriculture food safety guidelines.

The inspections were conducted between January of 2013 and last July at seven of the state's 10 prisons and a total 19 facilities, such as satellite units.

Inspections weren't provided for the Topeka, Lansing and Larned juvenile correctional facilities.

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.

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