Kansas prison updating alarms after nurse is sexually assaulted

HUTCHINSON – The Hutchinson Correctional Facility has ordered new alarm pendants for contract nurses to wear in the wake of last summer’s alleged sexual assault at its central unit.

The Hutchinson News reported that the system has been ordered, but not yet installed. In the interim, the prison has given contract employees radios that also have an alarm feature built in.

Prison spokesman Dirk Moss says the prison provided all 116 contract workers with the radios about two months ago. Before that, only corrections officers had access to the radios.

The plan is to only provide the alarm pendants to the nurses so they don’t have to carry around radios, Moss said.

Moss declined to provide details of the sexual assault, saying it remains an active investigation.