Kansas Secretary of Corrections Ray Roberts has announced that to address the need for additional prison capacity, pending approval of the Governor’s budget by the 2012 Kansas Legislature, the former Labette Correctional Conservation Camp at Oswego in Labette County will be renovated for the purpose of housing 262 inmates who are primarily elderly and infirmed. The facility would be scheduled to open January 1, 2013, and will employ a staff of 55.5 corrections employees.
A total of $1.7 million dollars was included in the FY 2012 budget recommendation from the Expanded Lottery Act Revenues Fund for the renovation. In FY 2013 $2.2 million from the State General Fund was identified in the Governor’s Budget Report to be used for facility operating costs after opening.
The Oswego facility will be a medium custody facility with a secure perimeter fence surrounding the compound which will be designed to house 232 geriatric male inmates who face mobility and frailty issues, as well as 30 minimum custody male inmates. Work on updating the facility will begin shortly after the budget is approved and finalized and the process of hiring the necessary work force will take place in the fall.
The KDOC closed the Labette Correctional Conservation Camp site in 2009 due to budget cuts.