Warden's memo on moving Kansas inmates, premature

April 14, 2017 - 9:07 pm

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas Corrections Department spokesman says the state hasn't started moving hundreds of inmates from its oldest and largest prison and that the warden was premature in saying so Thursday in a memo to employees.

Warden Sam Cline told employees in a memo that the relocation of about 600 inmates was "underway."

Department of Corrections spokesman Todd Fertig said Cline's statements accurately represent what would happen once the state hires a company, perhaps by this fall, to build a prison to replace the Lansing Correctional Facility.

Fertig said the department is only moving prisoners out of Lansing for routine transfers. Lansing's inmate population has declined a little since January but remains above 2,300.

The Associated Press obtained a copy of the memo from the state's largest union for state workers.

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