Prison Closing Unit Because of Budget Cuts

By: AP
By: AP

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ The El Dorado Correctional Facility will close its minimum security North Unit by July 1 because of budgets cuts.

Corrections Department Secretary Roger Werholtz said Tuesday the agency must cut $6 million in the fiscal year 2010 budget. He said closing the unit will save $1.2 million and the 102 inmates will be transferred to other locations.

The department is in the process of placing inmates at several facilities, which has resulted in overcrowding in some places.

Werholtz said a unit at Winfield Correctional Facility will be reopened within several weeks, adding 176 beds for minimum security inmates to offset overcrowding.

Employees at the El Dorado North Unit will go to the facility's Central Unit.

There are 8,031 male inmates in the system.

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