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Kansas governor declares end to El Dorado prison emergency

August 5, 2019

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Gov. Laura Kelly has declared an end to an emergency at the state’s most-crowded prison that had officers there scheduled for 12-hours shifts.

The Department of Corrections said Monday that it expects the El Dorado Correctional Facility to return to a regular schedule of five, eight-hour days a week for officers in early October.

Kelly declared the emergency in February to allow the prison about 30 miles east of Wichita to schedule officers for four, 12-hour shifts a week. The prison houses more than 1,950 inmates.

The department said the number of vacancies among uniformed officers dropped to 50 in late July from 75 in mid-June. It attributed the decline to increased funding for higher wages that boosted starting pay to $18.26 an hour from $15.75.

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