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Monica Pyles - TCF/Private Industries Partner Success story by David Thompson — last modified Aug 30, 2023 08:08 AM
Former Topeka Correctional Facility resident Monica Pyles struggled for 3 years while declining the help from staff within TCF, but a breakthrough opened her eyes and set her sights on working at a coveted Private Industries job. The company started in August of 2021 at TCF and Pyles found her niche making parts of the products with a sewing machine. The company was so pleased with her work and leadership, they hired her straight out of prison when she was paroled in September 2022. She is considered by many as a posterchild for reentry within TCF.
Profile: TCF Residents working with Private Industries Partner by David Thompson — last modified Aug 30, 2023 07:53 AM
At the Topeka Correctional Facility, there are -70- residents who are working with a private industry partner that produces various products, many of which need sewn together. In two years, the company has experienced so much success, they are considering adding a second shift of workers at this TCF plant.
VisionVan makes annual visit to KDOC facilities 07 23 23 by David Thompson — last modified Feb 20, 2024 01:16 PM
KDOC's contracted Healthcare provider offers free eye exams and free glasses to any of our staff members or visiting family members of residents as an added benefit of their year round service. KDOC is grateful for our partnership with how well Centurion Health looks out for our staff, residents, and their families.
KJCC Graduation June 30, 2023 by David Thompson — last modified Jul 26, 2023 10:07 AM
Graduation ceremony at the Kansas Juvenile Correctional Complex for 21 residents receiving diplomas from Lawrence-Gardner High School and 6 residents receiving certificates of completion from Washburn Tech. Our congrats to all the grads and their families.
KDOC leaders laud work of Parole staff - PPPS Week by David Thompson — last modified Jul 19, 2023 07:59 AM
KDOC Leaders praise the work of Parole Office members throughout the state for their work, dedication, and sacrifice as they help people under supervision reintegrate back into our communities safely and hopefully successfully.
Staff stories: Linda Graves 999 by David Thompson — last modified Feb 20, 2024 01:22 PM
Ellsworth Correctional Facility staff member, Linda Graves, shares her story. Graves works In the ECF greenhouse part time mentoring the residents in gardening and groundskeeping. Working a 999 shift is ideal for people who only want to work part-time or seniors who don't want to fully retire.
The Gift of Chess 2023 by David Thompson — last modified Jun 15, 2023 10:59 AM
There is an excitement growing throughout the facilities within KDOC thanks to 1) the game of chess, 2) a non-profit organization in New York City called The Gift of Chess, and 3) a KDOC resident who is scheduled to be paroled in 2025. The first ever KDOC Chess Champion will be crowned June 28th during an online tournament. It’s part of a whirlwind idea sparked by Tony Ballard, a resident chess guru at the Wichita Work Release Facility. Ballard has used the game of chess as a cognitive rehabilitative tool to help change his life around. His success on the chess board has opened the door for him to meet and befriend other chess players outside the facility, including Russell Makofsky, chess teacher and founder of a non-profit organization that gives away chess sets to school children and refugees around the country. Both see the benefits that come from playing the game, including developing critical thinking and decision-making skills. Through their friendship, The Gift of Chess is making quite an impact in the chess world as well as corrections communities around the world. Makofsky appointed Ballard as the Director of Prison Outreach for The Gift of Chess. Although he will not be paroled until 2025, Ballard continues to help the organization’s goal of distributing one million chess sets by the year 2030.
KJCC Pinning Ceremony 2023 by David Thompson — last modified Feb 20, 2024 01:23 PM
This spring officers of the Kansas Juvenile Correctional Complex were honored at a pinning ceremony. New officers who graduated from their training program received certificates, senior officers were promoted and given new pins.
Military Appreciation month / Memorial Day 2023 by David Thompson — last modified May 30, 2023 09:46 AM
There are countless members of our KDOC family that have served in the military in defense of our great nation. On this day that we remember and honor the fallen men and women of the military who sacrificed their all for our country, we pause, reflect, and spend a moment of silence at 3pm. This is how one of our own reflects on Memorial Day: Sgt. Phil Thull of Ellsworth Correctional Facility.
TCF / Washburn Honor Roll Spring 2023 by David Thompson — last modified Feb 20, 2024 01:32 PM
KDOC is proud to share the achievements of some of the Washburn University students at Topeka Correctional Facility from the semester just closed up in May. These students have continued to overcome difficult barriers and achieve scholarly excellence. Two of the students on the President’s List successfully achieved the grade point requirement of a 4.0 to stay on the President’s List their entire Associates Degree journey. Our congratulations to all the ladies!

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