The Kansas City Star reports that Kansas correction officers who have sex with inmates face less punishment than those who smuggle cigarettes into prison. That is one key finding of a state audit that concluded that prison officials missed warning signs of inappropriate relationships between employees and inmates at three prisons. The review was prompted by a sexual relationship between a prison employee and an inmate at the all-female Topeka Correctional Facility. The inmate became pregnant.
Lawmakers introduced a bill last week to toughen penalties for guards who commit sexual misconduct with an inmate. The audit also examined escapes at the Lansing and El Dorado correctional facilities and determined that officials failed to heed warning signs. In 2006, prison volunteer Toby Young smuggled convicted murderer John Manard out of Lansing in a dog crate in her van. The audit found that prison officials failed to follow up on repeated reports that Young was “overly familiar” with inmates. Last week, a female correction officer was given two years' probation for having sex with a juvenile inmate and giving him a cell phone.