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Kansas Prison Officials Consider Tracking Devices

Kansas prison officials are considering installing tracking equipment in vehicles in corrections vehicles. The move comes after a scandal involving two women recently paroled from the Topeka Correctional Facility who claim a guard transported them in a state vehicle to remote sites near the prison to engage in sexual activity.

Governor Mark Parkinson has asked for an independent, nationally regarded organization to evaluate prison policies and procedures to determine how best to circumvent ethical lapses.

Representative Virgil Peck, a Tyro Republican and Chairman of the Legislative Post Audit Committee, made it clear in several public statements that state officials must get a handle on a problem.

Corrections Secretary Roger Werholtz said the agency would cooperate with the outside review of the agency.

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