LCMHF is currently a medium and minimum custody facility with a capacity to house 310 male medium-custody offenders at Central Unit, and 288 male minimum-custody offenders at the West Unit.
Offender Programming at the Central Unit is divided into separate categories to meet the needs of all offenders assigned to this facility. Central Unit houses a Youthful Offender Program. The Youthful Offender Program is new for the facility. This population consists of offenders 25 years old and younger who meet other specific programming criteria. Emphasis is placed on offenders needing Education (GED) and/or Vocational Education as Programming consists of classes provided by Barton Community College, to include Adult Basic Education/GED, Introductory Craft Skills, Carpentry, Welding, Plumbing, Certiport, and Microsoft Office Specialist; facility-based programs include Thinking for a Change, Character First, Offender Workforce Development, WorkReady, Financial Peace and Parenting. Offenders completing the Youthful Program will be screened for further programming needs or housing needs.
The West Unit is a minimum-custody unit. While most of these beds are for work detail offenders who work to support LCMHF or Larned State Hospital, the West Unit also houses 40 offenders participating in substance abuse classes (SAP). There is an opportunity for offenders to participate in non-prison based private industry employment. Current private industry employers include Redbarn Pet Products, LaCrosse Furniture, KBK, and Kirby Cattle. These jobs allow the offenders to begin saving and preparing for eventual release and to begin paying for expenses such as room and board, transportation, court costs, fines, restitution, child support, and taxes while they are still incarcerated. Barton Community College has a presence at this unit as well; there is an opportunity for offenders to participate in college-level coursework, working towards completion of an Associate of General Studies Degree.
As with other facilities under the management of the Secretary of Corrections, education, health services, and food services are provided through contracts.
The agency vision is “A safer Kansas through effective correctional services”. LCMHF employs 132 corrections officer positions and 55 non-uniformed positions, for a total of 187 state employees. There are 47 contract employees working for Corizon, Aramark, and Barton County Community College. If interested in employment, access the Department of Corrections webpage here.