OSWEGO — Senator Dwayne Umbarger, R-Thayer, today joined Kansas Secretary of Corrections Ray Roberts in announcing plans to reopen the Labette County correctional facility in Oswego. The reopening, scheduled for January 2013, would bring more than 55 corrections jobs to the county.
“This is tremendous news for southeast Kansas,” said Senator Umbarger. “With the state economy starting to rebound, we have an opportunity to address the state’s need for additional prison space and bring good-paying jobs to Southeast Kansas. We also have an opportunity to focus on bringing more private sector jobs to our region.”
According to Kansas Department of Corrections officials, the Oswego facility will house approximately 230 elderly inmates, as well as 30 minimum custody inmates. The Governor included $1.7 million in his budget recommendation to update the facility. The dollars would come from the state’s Expanded Lottery Act revenues.