Long shifts for corrections officers at El Dorado prison to continue

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FILE – This March 23, 2011, photo shows the El Dorado Correctional Facility near El Dorado, Kan. Guards at the facility say two previously unreported mass disturbances during which inmates took control for hours of parts of facility preceded a June 2017 prison uprising. Low staffing, overcrowding and general tensions have created dangerous conditions, and […]

EL DORADO, Kan. (KSNW) – El Dorado Correctional Facility is still considered under a state of emergency and 12-hour shifts will continue to be enforced for employees.

According to a letter sent to the Kansas Organization of State Employees (KOSE) by KDOC Secretary Joe Norwood, the longer hours will be in place for another 90-day period.

In the letter, Norwood cited the KOSE Supplemental Agreement for Bargaining Unit 6, Article 6, Section 7: “In the event of an officially declared emergency, the employer may direct employees to work up to 18 consecutive hours. At the end of the 18-hour period, the employer shall provide a means for the employee to rest at least six consecutive hours.”

Norwood said the KDOC is working hard to hire and train staff to meet facility needs.

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