Riots breakout at understaffed El Dorado Correctional Facility
An inside source has informed TDH that prisoners have taken over the East Yard and the Gym
The disturbance follows the decision to move all 150 maximum security mental health inmates Larned Correctional Mental Health Facility to El Dorado
El Dorado is already 300 prisoners past capacity before the decision to take in 150 maximum-security inmates
UPDATE 5:47 pm: Kansas Department of Corrections have said that the uprising at El Dorado Correctional Facility has been resolved and inmates are back in their cells.
An inside source has told The Daily Haze that riots have broken out at the El Dorado Correctional Facility. The disturbance follows the decision to move all maximum-security mental health inmates in Larned to the understaffed prison.
The riots were said to have started on Thursday morning, although the reason behind it is not confirmed, one former guard on social media claims it is in regards to yard times being changed after security staff was changed to twelve-hour shifts.
Our inside source working the perimeter wall told TDH prisoners had taken over the East Yard and the Gym. At this time it is unknown how many prisoners are involved in the riot, but we have been told Hutchinson’s SWAT Team has been called in to assist.
Overpopulated And Understaffed
KWCH 12 reported that as of Monday the prison held 1,218 inmates, which is 300 over capacity. Despite being over capacity, the Kansas Department of Corrections announced they would be moving all 150 maximum security mental health inmates from Larned Correctional Mental Health Facility to the El Dorado facility.
Aside from being understaffed, there were also concerns due to moving maximum-security inmates to El Dorado, which is only a medium-security facility. Inmates have already begun moving, and the process is said to be finished within 30 to 60 days.
At the moment the prison is understaffed by roughly 90 employees. Due to the staff shortage, it was decided current staff would begin working 12-hour shifts instead of their normal shifts of 8-hours. Wages for employees at the prison start at $13.95 an hour.
KDOC is not releasing any information on Thursday’s disturbance at this time. This is a developing story that will be updated as necessary.