Lansing Correctional Facility

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Since 1868, the Lansing Correctional Facility (formerly the Kansas State Penitentiary) has stood watch over what would become the city of Lansing. Designed by Erasmus Carr, architect of the Kansas State Capitol, the prison is the oldest in Kansas. In the beginning, it housed male and female inmates from Kansas and Oklahoma, as well as inmates serving federal sentences. Today, the facility's population of minimum, medium, maximum, and special management custody offenders is approximately 2,400. Leavenworth County has also seen the addition of the United States Disciplinary Barracks, United States Penitentiary-Leavenworth, and Corrections Corporation of America-Leavenworth, making it the only county in the country to host a state, military, federal, and private prison. Images of America: Lansing Correctional Facility features photographs of the early days, when inmates were on the "silent system" and could not speak to one another, to more modern times when rehabilitation has become an important component of prison life.
ISBN: 9781467112468
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Kansas
Series: Images of America
Images: 185
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Lansing Historical Museum site supervisor Laura Phillippi is a Kansas native and has a bachelor's degree in history from Emporia State University and a master's degree in history from Fort Hays State University. Along with local citizens, Phillippi has gathered a variety of photographs to tell the unique story of the Lansing Correctional Facility.
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