Kansas official: Warden's memo on moving inmates premature

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Lansing Correctional Facility Lansing Correctional Facility
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) -

A Kansas Corrections Department spokesman says the state hasn't started moving hundreds of inmates from its oldest and largest prison and that the warden was premature in saying so Thursday in a memo to employees.

Warden Sam Cline told employees in a memo that the relocation of about 600 inmates was "underway."

Kansas hopes to hire company this fall to build new prison

Department of Corrections spokesman Todd Fertig said Cline's statements accurately represent what would happen once the state hires a company, perhaps by this fall, to build a prison to replace the Lansing Correctional Facility.

Fertig said the department is only moving prisoners out of Lansing for routine transfers. Lansing's inmate population has declined a little since January but remains above 2,300.

The Associated Press obtained a copy of the memo from the state's largest union for state workers.
 

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