Sedgwick County announces new Director of Corrections

Published: Jun. 30, 2022 at 12:24 PM CDT
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WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) – Sedgwick County has named Steven Stonehouse as the permanent Director of Corrections. Stonehouse has been an employee with the county for 24 years. He has served as deputy director since 2013.

On Thursday, Stonehouse spoke about the challenges that lie ahead when it comes to the staffing situation. He said he’s optimistic that a recent pay raise approval for critical staff members will help.

“My immediate plan is to implement the community task force recommendations in the wake of Cedric Lofton’s death. This is something we started working on before the task force was formed and we look forward to reporting out to the task force in August exactly what we’ve accomplished and how we’re going to meet the time frames that they’ve given us,” said Stonehouse.

As Stonehouse mentioned, the Community Taskforce that was formed after the death of Cedric Lofton. The 17-year-old died while in the custody of the Juvenile Intake Assessment Center (JIAC) in Sept. 2021. JIAC is housed under the Sedgwick County Department of Corrections.

The task force was created to provide recommendations on how to improve youth corrections could in Sedgwick County.

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