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Corrections vacancies declining after pay raises

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The state prison system is seeing a decline in staffing vacancies after pay increases were approved in the last three years. Corrections Secretary Jeff Zmuda...

Corrections OT projected to spike 24% as agency copes with staffing shortages

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Overtime in the Corrections Department is expected to shoot up 24% this fiscal year as the agency grapples with staffing shortages. The department is projecting...

State prison needs exceed $300 million, study shows

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An aging prison system that in many cases lacks systems for protecting lives and no longer complies with fire and building codes needs more...

State sued over timely competency evaluations at Larned

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The American Civil Liberties Union on Thursday sued a state social service agency, charging that it's failing to provide timely competency evaluations and mental...

Ex-Corrections chief faces ethics complaint

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Former Kansas Corrections Secretary Joe Norwood is facing an ethics complaint for taking a job with a state prison contractor hired to build a...

Panel urges millions for new specialized prison beds

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A panel studying criminal justice reform in Kansas is urging the Legislature to spend almost $50 million for new beds for prisoners suffering from...

Governor lifts state of emergency at El Dorado

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Gov. Laura Kelly on Monday brought an to end a nearly six-month state of emergency at the El Dorado Correctional Facility. The governor announced she...

Governor hires new corrections secretary

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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

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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

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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...