The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on November 22, 1981 · Page 34
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 34

Salina, Kansas
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Sunday, November 22, 1981
Page 34
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*«6« M UHJ sauna journal — Sunday, November 22,1981 A look inside the walls of the KSP By LYNN BYCZYNSKI KUMU Comspondnt LANSING (HNS) - Every new arrival to the Kansas State Penitentiary starts his sentence in a "close custody" cellhouse, no matter whether he's there for murder or writing bad checks. His new home will be a tiny cement- block cell, locked by a gate of steel bars. Two narrow beds will be stacked against one wall and two small chests will line the other. When he sits upright on his bed, back against the wall, his head will almost touch his cellmate's bunk above and his legs will rest against the chest. But he'll be allowed to bring in a television, radio and tape player. And he can decorate his cell with anything he wants, except explicit pornography. About 30-40 percent of the inmates entering KSP will be there on Class D and E felony convictions, the least serious. Most of those will be first or second time offenders, says Corrections department official Howard Kllnk. If an inmate is good, he'll be transferred to medium and perhaps later even minimum security, outside the wall. If he is bad, he'll go to Jail. Under lock "Jail" is the inmates' name for Adjustment and Treatment, a large white box of a building at the east end of the 11-acre compound. It was here that prison spokeswoman Linda Moppin and counselor Bob Brice chose to begin a tour of the penitentiary for a few members of the press. The building can house 105 inmates, but on this day only 87 are locked up. They got here one of three ways: for being considered dangerous to other inmates and guards; while awaiting administrative hearings on misconduct charges; or if they need protective custody from other inmates. Three wings of cells radiate out from a center cage, where an ever-present guard controls all the cell locks elec- Bound over for trial Robert Dean Robinson, 43, 917 N. 13th, was bound over Thursday for trial in District Court on two counts of aggravated indecent solicitation of a child. The charges were reduced from the original complaint alleging two counts of child molesting involving a pair of 9- year-old girls during the past six months. The incidents allegedly happened while Robinson was playing with the children. He remains in jail in lieu of $10,000 bond and is scheduled for arraignment Monday. HEARING TESTS SET FOR SALINA SALINA — Electronic hearing tests will be given at the Beltone Hearing Aid Service office on Monday and Tuesday from 9 A.M. to Noon and 1 P.M. to 5 P.M., November 23rd and 24th. Factory-trained Hearing Aid Specialists will be at our office at 234 South Santa Fe, Salina, to perform the tests. Anyone who has trouble hearing is welcome to have a test using our modern electronic equipment to determine if his loss is one which may be helped. Some of the causes of hearing loss will be explained and diagrams of how the ear works will be shown. Everyone should have a hearing test at least once a year if there is any trouble at all hearing clear. Even people now wearing a hearing aid or those who have been told nothing could be done for them should have a hearing test and find out whether the modern methods of hearing correction can help them hear better. The free hearing test will be given Monday and Tuesday at 234 South Santa Fe, Salina. Call for an appointment to •void waiting. If you can't get there during our scheduled times, call (913) 827-8911 and arrange for an appointment at another time. In-home testing is also available. WHEN A HEAfltNG AID WILL HELP Hearing Aid Center 234 South Santa Fe Pb, 827-8911 "T Ironically. A chalkboard lists the prisoners here, including three of the seven who escaped from the penitentiary in September. A reminder is chalked above the list: "all handcuffs." No one leaves an A&T cell without handcuffs. A high-pitched howl rings almost incessantly through the building but guards pay it no attention. Two inmates hang against the bars separating the cage hall from a walled exercise yard outside. They wave and call out, hoping to get the attention of the tour group, but Moppin and Brice hurry along. A few men housed here are criminal- ly insane who can't be transferred to Lamed State Hospital for treatment because of crowding there, according to Corrections Secretary Pat McManus. "It's likely to cause their mental health to deteriorate even further, but there frankly is no other alternative," he says. Those who have behaved might get transferred to cellhouse D, the medium security dorm. The cells are about the same size as in close custody. But it's one man to a cell, and there are no bars. Inmates are free to walk around the cellhouse. The only people who can't live here, Moppin explains, are known thieves and aggretrive botnoeeiuals. The cells are painted different colors, but drab nevertheless. The walls in most are covered with posters and plaques, like one that reads "Time flies, suns rise and shadows fall. Let time go by; love is forever, over all." These are the people the Carlin administration wants to segregate into a new $15.3 million compound outside the wall. The Legislature will be asked to appropriate money next year to begin work on three 96-bed dorms, a triple security fence, warehouse, vehicle maintenance shop, and dining room-activities building. The current dining and activities building is one of the administration's biggest worries. Any time inmates get together in crowds, the potential for trouble exists, Moppin says. So the dining room is scanned by closed-circuit television and guards carry "panic buttons" to alert others of trouble the minute it's spotted. A danger spot The activities building is what Kllnk calls "a security nightmare" and Mop- pin doesn't offer to stop the tour there. It's an area considered to dangeroui that two guards recently refined to enter it, and were fired. On the north side of the compound is tower 12, which controls the exit to the prison's industrial area outside the wall. It was in that tower that a guard was overpowered by an inmate in i guard uniform, leading to the escape of seven men in September. : Inside the wall, there's nothing pretty about KSP. But the cost of keep' ing each inmate there is $10,000 annually, and increasing as growing populations strain the 117-year-old prison. Free Layaway SMALL DEPOSIT HOLDS IT TIL'CHRISTMAS Deluxe Comfortilt $199 Provides ease of operation, combined with "T" cushion styling. A small handle provides stretch-out-relaxation. 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