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Hutchinson Animal Shelter Unsettled after Inmate Controversy

Associated Press - June 15, 2015 9:17 am

Hutchinson animal shelter

Six months after the director of the Hutchinson Animal Shelter resigned amid a disagreement over use of inmate labor, the city is still looking for his replacement.

Former shelter director Richard Havens resigned earlier this year. He had complained that inmates from the Hutchinson Correctional Facility who worked at the shelter were unreliable and made sexually suggestive remarks to female workers.

The Hutchinson News reports city officials discussed returning inmates to the shelter but it hasn’t happened yet. All four technicians working in the months before and after Havens resigned have left the shelter and been replaced.

Police Lt. John Taylor, who is overseeing the shelter, says he wants a new director hired before any decision on inmate labor is made.

Jeff Fellows

June 15, 2015 at 9:33 am

Inmates should remain inmates period not put out to work in animal shelters. If you want them to work outside of prison then go back to chain gangs with them surrounded by armed guards. Evidently there was a lot going on at that shelter if the whole staff resigned.

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