The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on October 20, 1996 · Page 5
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 5

Salina, Kansas
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Sunday, October 20, 1996
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THE SALINA JOURNAL OP-ED SUNDAY, OCTOBER 20, 1996 A8 LETTERS TO THE JOURNAL Prisons take mission seriously I am writing in response to your opinion titled "Maximum security ".published in the Oct. 6 edition of the Salina Journal. I offer the following perspective to the observations and conclusions contained in that opinion. ; ;In March 1992, the Kansas Department of Corrections adopted; the following mission statement: '."The Department of Correc- trons, as part of the criminal justice system, contributes to the public safety by exercising reasonable, safe, secure, and humane control of offenders while actively encouraging and assisting them to become law-abiding citizens." «This mission statement provides the framework in which department operations are reviewed, revised and adopted, and is used to develop policies for nlanaging offenders from the time they are received in custody until they are discharged from departmental supervision. These policies are designed to promote the individual responsibility and accountability which offenders have for their behavior. 'I believe the mission statement supports the observation contained in your editorial that, "Rules teaching that actions have consequences are a good idea" and ".".prisoners must be treated like human beings — if we expect them to'act like human beings." During the last week in September, a series of incidents began when inmates at several correctional facilities declined to go to meals, citing concerns with their food service. These were peaceful expressions. The inmates chose not to go to meal lines. They were going to work and going to programs as assigned. They indicated they wanted the department to know that they were dissatisfied .with food service. What the inmates apparently did not realize or did not believe at that time was that the Department 'of Corrections also had concerns regarding Canteen Corporation's compliance with the contract agreed to in April of this year. The Department of Corrections has Deen working with Canteen for "several weeks to ensure that food service is delivered according to P.O. BOX 740, SALINA, KANSAS 67402 terms of the contract. Subsequent to these peaceful expressions of not going to meals, however, inmates in the maximum security units at Lansing and Hutchinson began throwing things from their cells, breaking glass and setting small fires, so cell houses in those units were locked down in response to their behavior. Based on available information, the incident at Norton Correctional Facility does not appear to have been related to food service or the situations at Lansing and Hutchinson. During the past week inmates have raised a number of other issues regarding policies of the Department of Corrections during this time. The department wants its policies to be reasonable, fair and to have a purpose. This includes policies regarding earned privileges, restrictions regarding inmate telephone calls, and dou- ble-celling in appropriate situations. We believe the inmate man- VOTE KOCH AND WSKI Republican for SHERIFF Pol. Adv. paid for by Kochanowski for Sheriff Committee, Rosalie Leak, Treasurer When you think about YOUR FINANCIAL FUTURE • Mutual Funds • Investing/Saving for College • Financial Planning Services • Investing for Retirement • (IRA, Keogh, TSA, 401(k)) • Tax-advantaged Investments • Money Market Funds Prospectuses for securities listed above may be obtained from your local Waddell & Reed office. Remember Waddell & Reed FINANCIAL SERVICES Chad Koehn 213 S. Santa Fe 913-827-3606 agement initiatives implemented during the past several years meet those objectives and are consistent with the department's mission statement. Policies and procedures are subject to review and change when appropriate, but they will not be changed either during — or in direct response to — the disruptive behavior of the inmate population. — CHARLES E. SIMMONS Topeka • Charles E. Simmons is secretary of the Kansas Department of Corrections. Let us know \ Letters to the Journal are welcome, Please keep them brief and include a daytime telephone number for confirmation/' SUCCESS B UP ON you. Success Magazine recently rated Tbrmxmx among the top franchises m the country. And for the first time in 30 years, we*re offering new franchise opportunities in your area. Youprovide$25,000to$50,000 of investment capital. We help your business grow every step of the way. Call John Geelan at 1-300-654-7848. IT Mon'S!—,„,„... Women's Size* *" IV. 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