Kansas inmates moved after coronavirus case confirmed at second facility

Prisoners in Kansas are being relocated after another facility confirmed a COVID-19 case. Concerns about the pandemic led to a riot last week in Lansing.


State News

April 14, 2020 - 9:51 AM

MISSION, Kan. (AP) — Kansas prison officials said Monday that 113 inmates at a work-release facility where a resident tested positive for the coronavirus have been relocated to a facility where an outbreak is ongoing and that last week staged a riot.

The Kansas Department of Corrections said the Wichita Work Release Facility inmates who were relocated Sunday night lived in the same housing unit as the infected resident. They were moved to a newly reconstructed building at the Lansing Correctional Facility, which is battling its own outbreak with 18 inmates and 21 staff testing positive.

The Lansing prison, which was the site of a riot last week, is undergoing a massive construction project and hadn’t moved inmates into the new building until the outbreak. That is allowing the building to be used as an isolation facility, said Gov. Laura Kelly.

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