Kansas inmates return from Arizona after pandemic delay

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Posted at 12:56 PM, Dec 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-16 13:56:57-05

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas is no longer housing inmates in a privately run prison in Arizona after delaying their planned return for nearly six months because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The Kansas Department of Corrections said Wednesday that 118 inmates returned Tuesday from the Saguaro Correctional Center in Eloy, Arizona.

Kansas moved inmates there last year to prevent crowding in its state prisons, but the prisons were at 81% of their capacities last week.

Kansas reported 85 coronavirus cases among the 118 inmates housed in Arizona but said none of those cases are active.

Corrections Secretary Jeff Zmuda said Kansas originally had planned to bring the inmates back by the end of June.