Uprising at Larned Correctional, Kansas

Uprising at Larned Correctional, Kansas

Larned Correctional Mental Health Facility, Larned, Kansas
November 6, 2018

A series of fights led to an uprising that spread to all five units of the Central Facility, leading to “extensive damage” to all of them.

Kansas Department of Correction spokesman Samir Arif stated that “the fights were contained to the living unit pods. Some inmates were not responsive to officer orders and began trying to break windows and furniture within the living unit.”

Despite its name, LCMHF is not actually a mental health facility. In summer of 2017, LCMHF became a 330-bed unit for young adult male offenders, ages 18 to 25, who have been identified in need of educational and substance abuse services, though the name of the facility has not yet been changed. The mental health inmates formerly housed there were moved to El Dorado Correctional Facility.

Sheriffs respond to riot at the Larned Correctional Facility (Photo Source: KSN 3).

In February of 2019 twenty inmates were charged with felonies related to the riot. The Pawnee County Attorney Doug McNett said that these twenty individuals were the ones “primarily responsible for the riot.”


Riot breaks out at Larned Correctional Mental Health Facility“, Great Bend Tribune, November 7, 2018.

Riot at Larned Mental Health Facility leaves one with injury, extensive damage to all five housing units“, Topeka Capital Journal, November 8, 2018.

More details from riot at Larned Correctional Facility“, Great Bend Post, November 7, 2018.

Officials provide new information on riot at Larned Correctional Facility“, KSN.com, November 7, 2018.

20 inmates charged in November Larned prison riot“, KSN.com, February 7, 2019.

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