Without the public sector jobs in Leavenworth County, the community would look very different, a local economic development official said.

Without the public sector jobs in Leavenworth County, the community would look very different, a local economic development official said.

In addition to Fort Leavenworth and the Eisenhower VA Medical Center, prisons are among the large public sector employers in the area.

"It's really a vital important part of the economy of the area," said Steve Jack, executive director of the Leavenworth County Development Corporation.

Jack said LCDC is focused on diversifying the local economy, but he acknowledges the importance of the corrections industry.

Leavenworth County is home to multiple detention facilities of varying sizes. These facilities employ more than 2,000 people.

Perhaps the most famous prison in Leavenworth is the U.S. Penitentiary.

The prison, located at 1300 Metropolitan Ave., is operated by the Federal Bureau of Prisons.

As of June 30, there were 1524 inmates at the U.S. Penitentiary and 318 inmates at the Federal Prison Camp, which is located on the USP grounds, according to prison spokeswoman Jacqueline Green.

All of the inmates at USP are men.

USP is a medium security prison and the camp is minimum security.

The USP has 1,732 beds. The camp has 446 beds.

As of June 30, 362 people were working at the USP and neighboring camp, of which 172 were correctional officers, according to Green.

Located near the USP, Fort Leavenworth is home to two prisons, the U.S. Disciplinary Barracks and Midwest Joint Regional Correctional Facility.

The USDB is the only maximum security prison operated by the Department of Defense, according to information provided by fort spokeswoman Denise Haeussler.

The inmate population at the USDB is about 450 men. The prison has capacity for 512 inmates.

The prison houses several inmates who have received death sentences including Nidal Hasan. Hasan was sentenced to death for a 2009 mass shooting at Fort Hood, Texas.

The USDB also houses Chelsea Manning, who is serving a 35-year sentence for leaking classified information to the WikiLeaks website.

Adjacent to the USDB, the Midwest Joint Regional Correctional Facility provides pre-trial confinement and post-trial incarceration for male U.S. military inmates sentenced up to 10 years in prison. The prison has capacity for about 464 inmates, according to the information from Haeussler.

The 15th Military Police Brigade is responsible for the operation of the USDB and Midwest Joint Regional Correctional Facility. About 1,200 soldiers are assigned to the brigade.

Located at 301 E. Kansas Ave. in Lansing, the Lansing Correctional Facility is operated by the Kansas Department of Corrections.

As of July 8, LCF had 2,422 male inmates with a capacity for 2,431 inmates, according to prison spokesman Brett Peterson.

LCF has four levels of custody ― minimum , medium, maximum and special management, which is segregation.

LCF employs 460 corrections officers and 166 non-uniformed state employees.

"We also have many contract employees and volunteers," Peterson said.

The Corrections Corporation of America Leavenworth Detention Center, 100 Highway Terrace, is operated by a publicly traded company. The center has a capacity for 1,126 inmates, according to facility spokeswoman Connie Parish.

The center houses male and female inmates.

Most of the center's inmates are housed for the U.S. Marshals Service, but the facility also houses some jail inmates for Wyandotte County.

Most of the U.S. Marshals Service inmates are pre-trial detainees, but others already have been sentenced and are awaiting transfer to a Federal Bureau of Prisons facility, according to Parish.

The Leavenworth Detention Center is a maximum security facility but there's a range of custody levels for inmates.

The Leavenworth Detention Center employs 209 people, of which 154 are considered security staff.

The Leavenworth County Jail, 601 S. Third St. in Leavenworth, has a capacity for 225 inmates. The jail is operated by the Leavenworth County Sheriff's Office.

Sheriff Andy Dedeke said the average daily population of the jail so far this year is around 130 inmates. He said female inmates typically make up between 20-25 percent of the jail's population.

"This specific population continues to climb at a steady rate," Dedeke said.

The Leavenworth County Jail houses pretrial inmates as well as people serving jail sentences. The jail also has contracts with the U.S. Marshals Service, Wyandotte County Sheriff's Office, Douglas County Sheriff's Office and Fort Leavenworth for the housing of inmates, according to Dedeke.

The Leavenworth County Sheriff's Office has 45 full-time positions assigned to the jail.

"We also contract with a health care provider and a food service provider," Dedeke said. "Both of these contracted companies provide their own staff to fulfill these contractual requirements."

Leavenworth County also has a Juvenile Detention Center.

Located near the Leavenworth County Jail, the JDC houses juveniles from Leavenworth and Atchison counties, according to Sean Crittendon, director of Leavenworth County Department of Juvenile Services.

The two counties make up the state's 1st Judicial District.

Crittendon said the JDC can house up to seven people. On July 8, the center had six juveniles.

Seventeen officers are dedicated to the JDC.

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