(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 systemwide.)

Gov. Laura Kelly's administration on Tuesday declared a staffing emergency for the El Dorado corrections facility, site of two prison uprisings since 2017.

“It's absolutely critical at this point that we do this," Kelly said shortly before addressing a group of state employees Tuesday.

"The shortage there is really a huge safety, security issue," Kelly said. "It's not something anybody wanted to do, but it had to be done."

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