High Plains Public Radio

Kansas Department of Corrections

John Hanna / AP photo

Unemployment is down and wages are up in Kansas. But one sector is struggling. Corrections officers are leaving the state in large numbers because of low pay, reports The Topeka Capital-Journal. The exodus has triggered a public safety crisis. Legislators are grappling with the issue on top of trying to fix the state’s budget crisis. Starting pay for Kansas corrections officers is 33 percent lower than the state’s average hourly wage of just over $20.

Kansas lawmakers resume session this week

Apr 28, 2014
Stephen Koranda

Kansas lawmakers are set to resume the 2014 legislative session this week after taking almost a month off.  They still have some work to do according a recent report from Kansas Public Radio.


The Kansas Department of Corrections, KDoC, is working with local law enforcement officials to help county jail keepers bill Medicaid for part of their inmates’ health care costs according to the Kansas Institute of Health.