Embattled Kansas Prison Deals With Hot Conditions

Employees at a Kansas prison are dealing with the summer heat.

Temperatures in El Dorado reached 106 degrees Saturday, and employees at the El Dorado Correctional Center say the prison was even hotter. Corrections staff says temperatures in parts of the prison have reached 120 degrees at times.

Kansas Department of Corrections Secretary Joe Norwood released a statement noting the department has the utmost concern for the health and well being of both staff and inmates.

The prison has had issues this summer.

In late June there was an hours-long disturbance. Prison officials had reported that no violence occurred and no weapons were accessed.  But a log book shows there were two fights involving separate groups of inmates, at least one inmate had a weapon, and at least one fire broke out. The head of the union representing prison workers has said inmates, while refusing to return to their cell houses, controlled parts of the prison.

Last week an inmate was stabbed numerous times during a fight.

A union representing Kansas state employees have filed a grievance, saying that some officers at the prison are being required to work 16-hour shifts.

Information from Metro Source News / Associated Press