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by cherylca last modified Jan 27, 2014 03:06 PM
WWRF History


1976 Wichita Work Release began operation at North Fairmont as a co-correctional program in January 1976, with an initial capacity of 22 inmates.
1978 The program relocated to north Market and expanded its population capacity to 55 inmates.
1984 Population capacity increased to 76 inmates.
1988 Population capacity increased to 100 inmates.
1989 The program's capacity increased to 182 upon the KDOC's termination of its community residential contract with VIP, Inc. Those inmates from the VIP, Inc. contract were absorbed into WWRF in two buildings on north Market, the WWRF building and another leased by the KDOC to accommodate the influx.
1990 In November, the facility moved to its current location at Emporia and Waterman streets. Population capacity was 198 inmates: 188 male and 10 female.
1996 The administrations of Wichita Work Release Facility and Winfield Correctional Facility were combined, making WWRF a satellite unit of WCF.
2002 The women's work release program was transferred to Topeka. As a result, the capacity was expanded by 52 beds, resulting in a total capacity of 250 inmates.

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