Staffing emergency declared at El Dorado prison

The Kansas Department of Corrections issues a staffing emergency at El Dorado Correctional Facility due to what it calls "serious staffing shortages".

In a statement from the office of Gov. Laura Kelly (D-Kansas), the governor says the department of corrections is among many state agencies her administration considers "neglected and underfunded".

Here is the Gov. Kelly's full statement:

“Through the transition and the early weeks of my administration, it became increasingly clear that many of our state agencies have been neglected and underfunded. There are serious consequences to the mismanagement of the last few years as Secretary Roger Werholtz has made very clear in recent committee hearings.

“As a result, today the Kansas Department of Corrections declared an emergency at El Dorado Correctional Facility due to critical staffing shortages. They are doing everything they can to manage the situation and ensure the safety of the staff and the public.

“I met with legislative leadership this morning and we will work together to address the many challenges facing our state, most immediately our prison system and corrections staff. It is time to work together to rebuild our state and fix the damage done to our state agencies and infrastructure in the last few years.”

The staffing emergency goes into effect immediately.