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Kan. corrections to tighten security at KJCC

Published on -10/3/2013, 11:24 AM

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) -- The state Department of Corrections has announced plans to improve security at Topeka's juvenile detention facility.

The department took control of the Kansas Juvenile Correctional Complex as well as the state's other juvenile facility in Larned earlier this year when Gov. Sam Brownback merged the department with the Juvenile Justice Authority, The Topeka Capital-Journal reported (http://bit.ly/15KGMV0 ).

Mike Gaito, capital improvements director for the Corrections Department, told the Joint Committee on State Building Construction on Wednesday the perimeter security at KJCC doesn't meet department's standards. He said while the KJCC facility has some perimeter surveillance, the department will add more surveillance and will also add motion detectors to the perimeter fencing.

"So when someone climbs it or cuts it, the sensors go off," Gaito said.

The department also plans to upgrade the door locks at the Larned juvenile facility, he said.

Gaito also told the committee members that the state's female prison population has been leveling off, and that female inmates are showing lower rates of recidivism than the male inmates. He said the male inmate population is growing, and the department is operating at about 100 inmates over its capacity of 8,779.

"Our female population is more likely to succeed once they leave our program," said Jeremy Barclay, corrections spokesman.

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