Archive for Friday, March 10, 2006

Prison procedures reviewed

March 10, 2006


— The Kansas Corrections Department conducted a review of security procedures in all its prisons Wednesday, a step taken in reaction to the escape of a convicted murderer last month.

Wardens, supervisors and other staff members were required to review security procedures for every job in the department, making sure policies were current and understood. They also checked equipment and worked to identify and address problems.

Anyone who wasn't working Wednesday will be given the same checks when they return, department spokesman Bill Miskell said.

Department employees receive annual training on security procedures but in a classroom setting rather than at their job assignments.

Officials also analyzed work done within the prison system by contractors.

John Manard, who was serving a life sentence for a murder in Johnson County, escaped from the prison in Lansing on Feb. 12. He and Toby Young, a woman who ran a program in which dogs were brought to prison for training by inmates, were later arrested in Tennessee and returned to Kansas.

Officials said Manard was smuggled out of the prison inside a dog crate being transported in Young's van. A prison employee who had not checked the van before it left the grounds was fired.


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