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 I'll start to get animated," Werholtz told a panel of lawmakers Thursday.

He then painted a grim picture of a state corrections system that he says threatens the state's greater safety over the long term.

After spending a month touring the system and talking to wardens, offenders, line staffers and central office employees as part of Gov. Laura Kelly's transition team, Werholtz found a beleaguered department under a "great deal of stress . . .


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