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Governor hires new corrections secretary

Gov. Laura Kelly on Thursday picked a new corrections secretary to replace Roger Werholtz who has been serving in a transitional role for the...

Kelly proposes more than $35 million extra for prisons

Gov. Laura Kelly on Tuesday proposed putting more than $35 million into the state's corrections system, which suffers from overcrowding and an underpaid and...

Committee votes down bill abolishing death penalty

A bill that would have abolished the death penalty in Kansas barely died in a House committee on Friday afternoon. The House corrections committee voted...

(UPDATED) Governor declares staffing emergency at El Dorado prison

(Updated to include live comments from the governor and House speaker; corrects staffing level at El Dorado; adds vacancy numbers at other facilities and...

Corrections Department operating under ‘great deal of stress,’ interim secretary says

As he readied himself to address lawmakers, interim Corrections Secretary Roger Werholtz could barely keep his frustration in check. "This is probably the point where...

Charges filed in Larned patient attacks

Prosecutors on Wednesday charged two men in connection with the beatings of two patients at Larned State Hospital last month. Pawnee County Attorney Doug McNett...

Prosecutor weighs charges in Larned State Hospital attacks

Pawnee County Attorney Doug McNett is reviewing criminal charges in connection with two attacks at Larned State Hospital last month. McNett said there were two...

Newton murder case prompts new sex-offender legislation

A double murder committed by a homeless man convicted of an earlier sexual offense is prompting legislation that will clamp down harder on young...

Senate committee trims monetary compensation for wrongfully convicted

Legislation that would compensate anyone wrongfully convicted and sent to prison moved to the full Senate on Monday morning after some tweaks. The Senate Judiciary...