Personal visits to Lansing correctional facility canceled

KANSAS CITY, MO. – Family members of Lansing Correctional Facility inmates are unable to visit in person during this holiday season due to staff shortages.

A Kansas Department of Corrections spokesman told KSHB 41 News on Wednesday that in-person visits to the facility were canceled indefinitely from Dec. 6 due to staff shortages.

Last month, Kansas Governor Laura Kelly announced pay increases for all KDOC and nursing professions, as well as temporary pay differentials and one-time bonuses of $ 3,500 for employees at KDOC and other government agencies.

In her announcement, Kelly described the staff shortages in state prisons as “critical” and posed a long-term problem exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Lansing Correctional Facility was also hit by two incidents of violence against prison officials.

The most recent case came in late November when the Kansas Organization of State Employees said a correctional officer working in Lansing was rushed to hospital after attacking inmates.

In early November, a KDOC spokesman said a prison officer had been hospitalized after an incident involving an inmate.

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