Guards: 2 unreported uprisings at troubled Kansas prison

In this Dec. 18, 2003 photo, inmates head to lunch at the El Dorado Correctional Facility, in El Dorado, Kan. The Kansas Department of Corrections said some inmates on Thursday, June 29, 2017, refused to return to their cells at the state's maximum-security prison, but that no violence or injuries have been reported. (Fernando Salazar/The Wichita Eagle via AP)

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) – Guards at a Kansas prison housing some of the most dangerous criminals say there were two previously unreported disturbances during which inmates took control of the yard for hours before a third uprising that was disclosed last month.

Two corrections officers and a person with access to emergency logs, who spoke to AP on condition of anonymity because they feared reprisals from their employer, say low staffing, overcrowding and 16-hour shifts created dangerous conditions at the El Dorado Correctional Facility.

They say inmates took over the yard for hours during a disturbance the week of May 8 and on June 24. Neither incident has been disclosed by the Kansas Department of Corrections. A third incident on June 29 was revealed when inmates got a cellphone and called relatives.

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