Kansas Corrections Department is ending men's boot camp

TOPEKA | The Kansas Department of Corrections says it has notified Labette County officials of its plans to stop operating the men's boot camp in the county.

Budget cuts prompted the move, which takes effect July 1. Closing the Labette Correctional Conservation Camp at Oswego is expected to reduce the corrections department's budget request for fiscal year 2010 by $2.35 million.

The corrections department announced in November its plans to end the contract for the women's camp, also in Labette County. That contract ended Thursday and the last of the female inmates moved out days before.

The camps focused on rehabilitating nonviolent felony offenders — putting them through a rigid regimen of work and study. They were located about a half mile from each other.