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

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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...

Prosecutor weighs charges in Larned State Hospital attacks

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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...

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...

(UPDATED) Governor declares staffing emergency at El Dorado prison

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

Charges filed in Larned patient attacks

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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...

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...

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...

Senate committee trims monetary compensation for wrongfully convicted

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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...

Newton murder case prompts new sex-offender legislation

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

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...