Growing inmate numbers feed for Kansas prison problems
August 6, 2017
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas prisons face high staff turnover and potential inmate unrest at a time when state officials expect the population behind bars to continue growing steadily well into the future, potentially making current problems worse.
Corrections Secretary Joe Norwood told legislators recently that he's worried that high turnover — including 46 percent turnover at the maximum-security prison in El Dorado — is creating an inexperienced workforce. He blames low pay, starting at $13.95 an hour, for keeping open one in every five jobs for uniformed officers.
Legislators and th...