The Kansas Department of Corrections (KDOC) and the Ellsworth Correctional Facility (ECF) are committed to assisting the communities throughout the State of Kansas. The means of providing this assistance is through the utilization of inmate labor. Assistance is available to governmental agencies as well as charitable organizations.
No work assignment other than assignments to work for the state agencies results in the displacement of any currently employed worker or position, including partial displacement such as a reduction in the hours of non-overtime work, wages or employment benefits, or result in the impairment of existing contracts for services or collective bargaining agreements. Inmates are not be utilized to fill a job opening when any individual is on layoff from the same or any substantially equivalent job, or the employer has terminated the employment of any regular employee at the same or substantially equivalent job and the position remains unfilled. Inmates may not be utilized on a project except to the extent that the cost of the project exceeds the funds available and budgeted for that project. If interested in utilizing a community service crew for your qualified agency or project, contact Dan Schnurr, ECF Warden.
Assignments are designed to encourage inmates to develop desirable work habits and skills while engaging in work projects for ECF and the State of Kansas. In FY 2011, ECF inmates provided 80,946 hours of labor to various community projects including the City of Ellsworth, City of Kanopolis, Kansas Department of Transportation, Wheels for the World, Bicycle Refurbishing Program, CARES Dog Program, Kanopolis State Park, Wilson State Park, Lions Club Eye Glasses Project, Kansas Wildlife & Parks Cabin Project, Precious Pals Preschool, Mosaic, Ellsworth County Recycling, Ellsworth Childcare Center, Ellsworth County Medical Center, Ellsworth High School Alumni, Crime Stoppers, Ellsworth Vacation Bible School, and the American Legion.