Governor defends prison officials following federal criticism
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback says federal officials who've criticized the state prison for women aren't considering aggressive steps taken to combat sexual misconduct against inmates.
Brownback said Friday that he has full confidence in his corrections secretary and the management at the Topeka Correctional Facility.
A letter Thursday from the U.S. Justice Department said sexual misconduct against female inmates is rampant at the prison.
But Brownback said the Justice Department hasn't been in contact with state officials since May 2011. He said his administration has boosted staffing and installed dozens of new security cameras. He said he wants to meet personally with U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder.
Also, his office released a February 2012 letter from the department's own Federal Bureau of Prisons, citing no deficiencies at the state prison.