Kansas declares staff shortage at El Dorado prison an emergency

State News

February 13, 2019 - 10:32 AM

The Kansas secretary of corrections is calling staffing shortages at  the El Dorado Correctional Facility an emergency.

Corrections Secretary Roger Werholtz said staff at El Dorado already work long shifts. The prison holds about 1,700 inmates and currently has about 85 unfilled jobs.

The emergency declaration gives the Department of Corrections the authority to hire temporary staff and require employees to work even longer hours.

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