In February 2006, Lansing Correctional Facility inmate John Manard escaped through this gate hidden inside a dog crate that was in a van. The driver of the van, Toby Young, had help plan the escape with Manard. A corrections officer at the gate failed to search the van. They both were caught in Tennessee 12 days later. In 1974, Priscilla Ann Frey escaped and was never found.
Roger Bonner is senior investigator with the Kansas Department of Corrections. When he joined the department in 1983, he inherited the case of Priscilla Ann Frey, who escaped from the Lansing Correctional Facility 35 years ago on Christmas Eve. Bonner says the department continues to follow leads today.
The old brick buildings on grounds of the Lansing Correctional Facility East Unit near Kansas Highway 5 that once housed women inmates now is an extra minimum security unit for men. On Christmas Eve in 1974, inmate Priscilla Ann Frey escaped and was never found.
Razor wire is wrapped near the top of twelve-foot fencing at the Lansing Correctional Facility East Unit. In 1974, inmate Priscilla Ann Frey climb the simple eight foot cyclone fencing with no razor wire. These days the only thing over the fence is geese flying high above.
On a section of the Lancing Correction Facility, white crosses dot the hilltop overlooking the red roofs in the distance of the former Lansing women's facility. The cemetery is the resting place for inmates that die while incarcerated and there are no families that will claim the bodies. In 1974, inmate Priscilla Ann Frey escaped from the women's section and was never found.
In 1859, the Kansas legislature passed an act authorizing a state penitentiary,the Kansas State Penitentiary (KSP), to be located in Leavenworth County. On November 18, 1861, a tract of 40 acres on Seven Mile Creek was purchased for $600 from Almira Budlong. Today, The Lansing Correctional Facility sits on nearly 2500 acers including farmland for cattle. In 1974, Priscilla Ann Frey escaped from the women's unit and still has not been found.
The old brick buildings near Highway 5 on the Lansing Correctional Facility grounds that once housed women inmates now is extra minimum security unit for men. In 1974, inmate Priscilla Ann Frey escaped and was never found.