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Plan to double-bunk at new Kansas prison worries lawmakers


October 1, 2017

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas legislators are debating how much the decision to house more inmates two-to-a-cell has fueled unrest at state prisons in recent months, and some worry about Department of Corrections plans to open a new prison with a majority of its cells double-bunked.

Corrections Secretary Joe Norwood told a legislative committee this week that the cells at the planned new prison in Lansing in the Kansas City area would be large enough to hold two inmates, including maximum-security prisoners. He said the state would meet American Correctional Association accreditation guideli...

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