Lansing escapes not highest in Kan. for 2012

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LANSING, Kan. -- The Lansing Correctional Facility is Kansas state's largest prison for adult male offenders. Inside there are both a maximum and medium security facility.

But just to the east, sitting on 85 acres of open space, a minimum security facility where boundaries are not laced with razor wire and neighbors are just across the way.

It's from the minimum security unit that three inmates were able to walk away on Friday morning, something that's happened many times before.

Jeremy Barclay, a spokesman for the Kansas Department of Corrections, says Lansing escapes are not happening at an alarming rate compared to other prisons in the state.

In fiscal year 2012, there were 9 escapes in Wichita, 4 in Lansing, 3 in Winfield and 1 in Topeka, making a statewide total of 17.

Neighbor Rita Richardson said every time someone escapes the city is on edge.

"I drive children for a living and they need to up security," she said. "It's really sad that there could actually be an escape from a prison.  I mean don't they have security enough to combat something like that?"

Others say it's just another day.

"They wouldn't stop at short distance from where where they broke out of, they will go a distance to get away as far as they can," one resident said.

And another said, "Usually when they get out of here, they're gone somewhere, they don't hang around very close."

According to the KDOC website, all the people who have escaped from Lansing over the years have been caught except for one woman: Priscilla Ann Frey. She escaped in 1974 and is still reportedly on the run.

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