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Kansas declares staffing emergency at most crowded prison


February 13, 2019

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas declared an emergency Tuesday at its most crowded maximum-security state prison over what Gov. Laura Kelly called "serious staffing shortages" inside a lockup that's had multiple inmate disturbances over the past two years.

But Kelly acknowledged that the most immediate effect of the declaration — longer hours for workers — isn't a real solution to staffing problems that continue to plague the El Dorado Correctional Facility. And the corrections chief who declared the emergency said the extended hours for staff probably can't be sustained for more than a few...

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