Larned Correctional to become medium-security prison

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP)- The state plans to convert the Larned Correctional Mental Health Facility into a medium security prison for inmates between the ages of 18 and 25.

The Kansas Department of Corrections announced this week that inmates housed at the proposed Larned Correctional facility would have less than three years left to serve on their sentences.

The Hutchinson News reports 150 mental health inmates now at Larned would be moved to the El Dorado Correctional Facility.

Corrections spokesman Todd Fertig says the changes would occur gradually, beginning by midsummer.

Larned Mayor William Nusser says city officials are concerned about the loss of higher-paying jobs when the change is made. An organization representing correction officers is questioning whether officers and inmates would be safe at El Dorado, which the group says is understaffed.

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