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ARCHIVED: 2013 News Stories

by Cheryl Cadue last modified Jun 02, 2014 10:43 AM
KDOC Names Audrey Cress New Director of Victim Services

KDOC Names Audrey Cress New Director of Victim Services

by admin last modified Jul 07, 2015 01:27 PM

The Kansas Department of Corrections (KDOC) has chosen a new director of the Office of Victim Services (OVS), Secretary Ray Roberts announced on Wednesday, June 5, 2013.

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KDOC raises money in Governor's Freedom Ride

KDOC raises money in Governor's Freedom Ride

by admin last modified Jul 07, 2015 01:27 PM

Several members of KDOC joined a host of motorcycle enthusiasts for a 100-mile ride to raise funds for Kansas causes.

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Croatian-born star performs holiday concert for LCF

Croatian-born star performs holiday concert for LCF

by admin last modified Jul 07, 2015 01:27 PM

The spirit of Christmas brought Croatia and Lansing Correctional Facility – two worlds that couldn’t be further apart – together for one special night Wednesday, December 4, 2013.

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KCI staff member earns National Correctional Industries Award

KCI staff member earns National Correctional Industries Award

by admin last modified Jul 07, 2015 01:28 PM

Tom Vohs, deputy director of Kansas Correctional Industries (KCI) in Lansing, was named the winner of the National Correctional Industries Association (NCIA) staff award for the South Central Region and is a finalist for a national award which will be announced in April.

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ECF inmates make a difference at Ottawa Middle School

ECF inmates make a difference at Ottawa Middle School

by admin last modified Jul 07, 2015 01:28 PM

Hoping to help students embark on a path to success, two Ellsworth Correctional Facility (ECF) residents gave both time and money recently to the Ottawa Middle School.

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Celebrity Chef Pays It Forward at Hutchinson Correctional Facility

Celebrity Chef Pays It Forward at Hutchinson Correctional Facility

by Dirk Moss last modified May 27, 2014 03:25 PM

Celebrity chef and bestselling author Jeff Henderson dropped by the kitchen at Hutchinson Correctional Facility (HCF) Tuesday and spoke to inmates to deliver a message of inspiration and hope about their futures after prison. Henderson, who spent nearly a decade in federal prison for drug trafficking, was in town to give a lecture at Hutchinson Community College and requested the HCF visit.

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Barton Community College holds Learning Celebration at ECF

Barton Community College holds Learning Celebration at ECF

by admin last modified Jul 07, 2015 01:29 PM

On Nov. 29, 2013, Barton Community College (BCC) representatives hosted the ninth annual Learning Celebration at Ellsworth Correctional Facility (ECF), at which the college highlighted the success of the partnership and recognized the accomplishments of inmates of the facility.

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Video celebrates ECF partnership with Barton Community College

Video celebrates ECF partnership with Barton Community College

by admin last modified Jul 07, 2015 01:29 PM

Following a reception held Sept. 9, 2013 at Ellsworth Correctional Facility (ECF) to celebrate their partnership with the facility, Barton Community College produced a video calling the program at the prison its most successful community venture.

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Lab at TCF receives $25,000 grant from Delta Dental

Lab at TCF receives $25,000 grant from Delta Dental

by admin last modified Jul 07, 2015 01:30 PM

Delta Dental of Kansas Foundation recently awarded the dental lab at Topeka Correctional Facility, a grant for $25,000 for the purchase of equipment and supplies.

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Washburn University’s coach, basketball players give clinic to KJCC residents

Washburn University’s coach, basketball players give clinic to KJCC residents

by admin last modified Jul 07, 2015 01:31 PM

Washburn University basketball coach Bob Chipman and five members of the Ichabod team gave some pointers on the game of basketball, and a few on the game of life, to residents of the Kansas Juvenile Correctional Complex (KJCC) Monday, Oct. 14, 2013.

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East Hill Singers documentary to air on TV following premiere at film fest

East Hill Singers documentary to air on TV following premiere at film fest

by admin last modified Jul 07, 2015 01:31 PM

Conducting Hope, a documentary film portraying a singing group from Lansing Correctional Facility (LCF), will air on KTWU at 7 p.m. on Nov. 7, 2013, as well as on 60 PBS stations across the country beginning on Nov. 1, 2013.

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Documentary featuring East Hill Singers to premiere in Kansas City

Documentary featuring East Hill Singers to premiere in Kansas City

by admin last modified Jul 07, 2015 01:32 PM

A documentary film portraying a singing group from Lansing Correctional Facility will premiere at the Kansas International Film Festival on Saturday, October 5, 2013 at 3 p.m.

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KDOC names Marie McNeal new director of community corrections services

KDOC names Marie McNeal new director of community corrections services

by admin last modified Jul 07, 2015 01:32 PM

Longtime KDOC employee Marie McNeal will become the new director of community corrections services for the agency.

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Oral Health Kansas Award Goes to Topeka Correctional Facility Lab

Oral Health Kansas Award Goes to Topeka Correctional Facility Lab

by admin last modified Jul 07, 2015 01:33 PM

Oral Health Kansas, a group dedicated to improving oral health in Kansas through advocacy, public awareness and education, has presented its Outstanding Oral Health Volunteer Award for 2013 to the students and the administrative specialist, Kathy Heerwald, of the Kansas Correctional Industries Dental Lab at the Topeka Correctional Facility.

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Topeka Correctional Facility group performs original drama

Topeka Correctional Facility group performs original drama

by admin last modified Jul 07, 2015 01:32 PM

A group of maximum- and high-medium-custody inmates writing and performing original drama productions at Topeka Correctional Facility (TCF) is finding its voice.

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Audit finds Norton Correctional Facility excelling in medical services

Audit finds Norton Correctional Facility excelling in medical services

by admin last modified Jul 07, 2015 01:33 PM

An audit performed Sept 24 and 25 of the medical and mental health services at Norton Correctional Facility (NCF) found the facility to be in total compliance with mandatory standards.

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KDOC Tabs Leiker as Head of Larned Juvenile Facility

KDOC Tabs Leiker as Head of Larned Juvenile Facility

by admin last modified Jul 07, 2015 01:36 PM

After serving as Acting Superintendent of the Larned Juvenile Correctional Facility (LJCF) for the past six months, Wendy Leiker has been selected to fill that role permanently, the Kansas Department of Corrections (KDOC) announced on September 19.

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Norton Inmate Models Creativity

Norton Inmate Models Creativity

by admin last modified Jul 07, 2015 01:35 PM

A resident at Norton Correctional Facility’s Stockton site has found a creative outlet that makes him a “model” inmate.

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Barton Community College recognizes Ellsworth Correctional Facility with Partners in Education Award

Barton Community College recognizes Ellsworth Correctional Facility with Partners in Education Award

by admin last modified Jul 07, 2015 01:35 PM

Time behind bars is not intrinsically effective at reforming inmates. If an inmate’s situation hasn’t changed upon release, the statistics say it’s likely he or she will end up behind bars once again.

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FHSU basketball players hold clinic for Larned Juvenile Correctional Facility

FHSU basketball players hold clinic for Larned Juvenile Correctional Facility

by admin last modified Jul 07, 2015 01:37 PM

Hollywood couldn’t write a better script than one about a juvenile offender, motivated to put himself on a better path, mentored by wise, caring adults, who graduated from a correctional facility to star on a college basketball team.

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Water Technology program offers students valuable career training

Water Technology program offers students valuable career training

by admin last modified Jul 07, 2015 01:36 PM

For residents at a Kansas juvenile correctional facility, enrolling in a new training program at the facility may prove to be a “watershed moment” in their lives.

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Governor salutes 29 graduates of KDOC Leadership Development Academy

Governor salutes 29 graduates of KDOC Leadership Development Academy

by admin last modified Jul 07, 2015 01:38 PM

Governor Sam Brownback joined in a celebration of the graduates of the KDOC 2012-2013 Leadership Development Academy, held August 13 at the state capitol building.

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KSU Extension partners with HCF to produce Garden for Good

KSU Extension partners with HCF to produce Garden for Good

by admin last modified Jul 07, 2015 01:38 PM

Inmate gardeners hope to donate 10,000 pounds of vegetables and $5,000 in profit to local charities.

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Juvenile facility commemorates a decade in new building

Juvenile facility commemorates a decade in new building

by admin last modified Jul 07, 2015 01:33 PM

It’s not the building, but the people who work there, who are responsible for the success of Larned Juvenile Correctional Facility (LJCF). That was the sentiment shared by current and former staff, who gathered to celebrate 10 years of the program’s current home Wednesday, July 10.

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Merger of juvenile, adult correctional systems becomes official

Merger of juvenile, adult correctional systems becomes official

by admin last modified Jul 07, 2015 01:41 PM

A plan to merge the state’s juvenile and adult correctional systems goes into effect today, following the legislature’s approval and months of preparation.

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Donation Made To Brothers in Blue Re-Entry

Donation Made To Brothers in Blue Re-Entry

by admin last modified Jul 07, 2015 01:41 PM

Governor Sam Brownback presented a check in the amount of $4,954.85 to Kansas Department of Corrections Secretary Ray Roberts and Stewart Frederick, Re-Entry Manager for the Brothers in Blue Re-Entry program located at the Lansing Correctional Facility. The presentation occurred Saturday, September 14 in the Kansas Department of Corrections exhibit building at the Kansas State Fair.

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Ellsworth Correctional Facility to Celebrate 25th Anniversary

Ellsworth Correctional Facility to Celebrate 25th Anniversary

by admin last modified Jul 07, 2015 01:40 PM

Ellsworth Correctional Facility (ECF) celebrates 25 years of service to Kansas this summer, highlighted by a ceremony to be held June 21, when the Kansas Department of Corrections (KDOC) will recognize the contributions of all who have ever served at the facility.

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JJA to launch new offender management information system

JJA to launch new offender management information system

by admin last modified Jul 07, 2015 01:39 PM

The Juvenile Justice Authority (JJA) will begin making the long-awaited transition to a new offender management information system this fall.

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Bill Snyder donates autographed footballs to Mentoring4Success

Bill Snyder donates autographed footballs to Mentoring4Success

by admin last modified Jul 07, 2015 01:39 PM

Kansas State University football coach Bill Snyder has dedicated his career to mentoring college football players. Now his interest in Kansas prisons will result in funds to help match inmates with mentors of their own.

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TCF's Wolf Pack wins Governor's Weight Loss Challenge

TCF's Wolf Pack wins Governor's Weight Loss Challenge

by admin last modified Jul 07, 2015 02:10 PM

A group of corrections officers from Topeka Correctional Facility claimed first place in the Governor’s Weight Loss Challenge, receiving a $5,000 prize for dropping more than 19 percent of their collective weight.

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Former Offenders Praised by Governor as they Graduate From BCCC

Former Offenders Praised by Governor as they Graduate From BCCC

by admin last modified Jul 07, 2015 02:10 PM

Graduation days are celebrations of hard work expended and the future opportunities that have been earned. They are a chance to look back on what it took to get there, as well as to look forward to what lies ahead. And many thanks are offered to those who helped along the way.

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KDOC selects Peggy Lero to fill vacancy on Prisoner Review Board

KDOC selects Peggy Lero to fill vacancy on Prisoner Review Board

by admin last modified Jul 07, 2015 02:10 PM

Corrections Secretary Ray Roberts today announced the appointment of Peggy Lero as the newest member of the three-person Prisoner Review Board tasked with ruling on requests for parole by Kansas offenders.

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All Three Escapees from Lansing Correctional Facility are Apprehended

All Three Escapees from Lansing Correctional Facility are Apprehended

by admin last modified Jul 07, 2015 02:10 PM

At 10:22 pm this evening, inmate Randy Ridens, Sr, was apprehended as he was entering Topeka, Kansas. He was immediately transported back to Lansing Correctional Facility. Earlier in the evening, Allen Hurst and Scott Gilbert, the other two minimum custody escapees from Lansing Correctional Facility, had been apprehended and taken into custody by law enforcement officers in Clinton County, Missouri.

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KDOC names organization's award winners for 2013

KDOC names organization's award winners for 2013

by admin last modified Jul 07, 2015 02:10 PM

Following a ceremony to honor the winners of several awards from each of the state's correctional facilities, Governor Sam Brownback named the agency's statewide winners.

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Ellsworth Correctional Facility inmates show talent for theater

Ellsworth Correctional Facility inmates show talent for theater

by admin last modified Jul 07, 2015 02:10 PM

More than 130 people, mostly residents of the Ellsworth area, packed an auditorium recently for a dinner-theater performance of the comedy The Ransom of Red Chief. But they weren’t there to see some performance of a traveling drama troupe. Nor were they on hand to support members of the town in a community theater.

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Topeka Correctional Facility, Washburn team up for women’s health fair

Topeka Correctional Facility, Washburn team up for women’s health fair

by admin last modified Jul 07, 2015 02:10 PM

In a collaborative effort, Topeka Correctional Facility (TCF), Correct Care Solutions (CCS), and Washburn University students and faculty from the nursing and criminal justice departments presented an educational health fair to women at the prison facility on April 11.

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Lansing mental health therapist uses positive psychology

Lansing mental health therapist uses positive psychology

by admin last modified Jul 07, 2015 02:10 PM

Positive Psychology Group Therapy for Maximum Security Male Inmates: identifying, nurturing, and enhancing strengths and virtues

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JJA Lawrence Gardner High School Library receives 2013 Kansas Book Festival Grant

JJA Lawrence Gardner High School Library receives 2013 Kansas Book Festival Grant

by admin last modified Jul 07, 2015 02:10 PM

Kansas First Lady Mary Brownback announced Wednesday that Lawrence Gardner High School Library, located within the Kansas Juvenile Correctional Complex, won one of 11 Book Grants from the 2013 Kansas Book Festival Grants.

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Corrections dental staff volunteer services in Wichita

Corrections dental staff volunteer services in Wichita

by admin last modified Jul 07, 2015 02:10 PM

Several dental staff of the Kansas Department of Corrections volunteered their expertise in a recent free clinic to provide dental care to needy Kansans.

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Norton officer killed in automobile accident

Norton officer killed in automobile accident

by admin last modified Jul 07, 2015 02:10 PM

Norton Corrections Officer Austin Shaw, 20, was killed in an accident in western Kansas March 6.

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KJCC launches Environmental Water Technology training program

KJCC launches Environmental Water Technology training program

by admin last modified Jul 07, 2015 02:10 PM

Youth in a Topeka juvenile correctional facility will soon begin training in a field that could net them attractive career options in the future.

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Oswego unit provides options for housing elderly inmates

Oswego unit provides options for housing elderly inmates

by admin last modified Jul 07, 2015 02:10 PM

Governor Sam Brownback, along with about 180 guests, celebrated on Feb. 1 the opening of a specialized prison facility in Oswego, which will bring relief to system overcrowding, provide needed services to aging inmates, and give an economic boost to the southeast Kansas corridor.

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Report outlines recommendations to increase public safety and save taxpayer dollars

Report outlines recommendations to increase public safety and save taxpayer dollars

by admin last modified Jul 07, 2015 02:10 PM

Gov. Sam Brownback and Corrections Secretary Ray Roberts, along with experts from the Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center, announced the release of a final report on the Kansas Justice Reinvestment Initiative today at a policy forum on public safety and corrections.

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Governor Signs Order to Move Juvenile Justice Agency to Department of Corrections

Governor Signs Order to Move Juvenile Justice Agency to Department of Corrections

by admin last modified Jul 07, 2015 02:10 PM

Kansas Governor Sam Brownback took the first step Friday to reorganize the state’s juvenile justice system, putting into motion his plan to move the management of more than 1,500 juvenile offenders under the auspices of the state department of corrections.

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State sponsors study of disproportionate contact, incarceration of minorities in juvenile system

State sponsors study of disproportionate contact, incarceration of minorities in juvenile system

by admin last modified Jul 07, 2015 02:10 PM

Data accumulated over a two year period revealed interesting trends in minority youth contact with law enforcement and in the detention of juveniles in Kansas – data that researchers are sharing with the general population across Kansas with the goal to “change the mentality of the system.”

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National Mentoring Month celebrates the impact of mentors on former offenders

National Mentoring Month celebrates the impact of mentors on former offenders

by admin last modified Jul 07, 2015 02:10 PM

The Kansas Department of Corrections (KDOC) is recognizing National Mentoring Month by continuing the call for Kansans to provide crucial mentoring to inmates as they transition from incarceration.

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