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by Cheryl Cadue last modified Jan 22, 2014 03:16 PM
WCF History






History
1984 Winfield Pre-Release Center opened on the grounds of the Winfield State Hospital, providing primarily pre-release programming services. The population capacity was 141 inmates.
1989 Having expanded both in terms of size and facility mission, the name of the facility was changed to Winfield Correctional Facility. The population capacity was 290 inmates.
1996 Winfield State Hospital closed. As a result, Winfield Correctional Facility absorbed many buildings and the infrastructure and support units from the hospital. During the transition, an additional dorm was added, increasing the capacity to 522 inmates. In September, the administrations of Winfield Correctional Facility and  Wichita Work Release Facility were combined.
1998 A therapeutic community substance abuse treatment program was implemented.
2000 InnerChange Freedom Initiative (IFI), a 12-18 month, values-based pre-release program, began operation in March with the capacity to serve 158 inmates.
2002 In June, IFI was transferred from Winfield to Ellsworth Correctional Facility.
2003 The therapeutic community program was closed effective January 31, 2003.
2004 The population capacity was increased to 556 inmates.
2007 Due to renovations, the capacity decreased to 554 inmates.
2009 Due to budget constraints, B Unit was closed in early 2009, reducing the capacity to 378.  It was re-opened in June 2009, bringing the capacity back to 554 inmates.
2010 Pioneer Balloon opened a private industry onsite, employing up to 12 inmates at minimum wage jobs.
2011 WCF contracts with the Cowley County Jail to house up to 50 inmates in response to population increases within the KDOC.
2013 The Cowley County Jail contract ended.

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