Union Says Inmate Attacks On Guards Are Rising In Kansas

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) A state employees union says prison inmate attacks on guards are on the rise this summer.

Rebecca Proctor, Executive Director of the Kansas Organization of State Employees, says there have been 17 inmate-on-staff batteries since June. KOSE attributes the problems to under staffing and inadequate training for guards.

The most recent incident involved a fight at the Hutchinson Correctional Facility earlier this month in which an inmate lashed out at two guards with a chair.

One of the guards was treated for a concussion.

Department Of Corrections spokesman Jeremy Barclay says overall staffing numbers are not down and incidents between staff and inmates are a ``Normal part of our business.''

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