Wichita Work Release Facility

The Wichita Work Release Facility (WWRF), a satellite unit of the Winfield Correctional Facility, is an all-male, minimum-custody state prison located in Wichita in south-central Kansas. The capacity is 250 minimum-custody male inmates.  

The purpose of the work release program is to prepare selected inmates for release and to assist them in making a successful transition from the institutional environment back into free society. Work release offers a unique opportunity to realize correctional objectives while permitting the participants to leave confinement and work in the community under close supervision and structure.

Participating inmates must maintain full-time employment in the community. From their wages, the inmates must pay a room and board fee, transportation expenses, court costs, restitution, dependent support, and other outstanding debts. 

They also must accumulate savings prior to release from custody. At the same time, participants are responsible for their own medical and dental expenses and maintenance of their room as well as general use areas of the facility.

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Visiting Hours and Rules

Visitation at WWRF is from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sunday, and the following four holidays: Christmas Day, Memorial Day, Fourth of July, and Thanksgiving Day.

If either Christmas or the Fourth of July holiday falls on a Saturday, Sunday, or other day where a facility has regularly scheduled visitation, the holiday will be incorporated within the regular visitation schedule and an additional visitation day will NOT be scheduled.

General Visiting Guidelines

Before you are allowed to visit, you must be on the offender’s approved visiting list. Applications for Visiting Privileges are available to inmates through their Correctional Counselor. Inmates must return the form to their Counselor with postage and an envelope addressed to the visitor. 

Once you receive the application, you must fill it out and return the application to the Corrections Counselor for review and processing. The approval process can take up to five weeks. 

All visitors must produce a valid picture I.D. Picture Identification may include a driver’s license, passport, or other form of government I.D. Children under the age of 18 may utilize an official birth certificate issued by the department of vital statistics from the state they were born as proof of identification. Visitors without proper identification will not be allowed to visit.

You are allowed to bring up to $30 in change and bills to the visiting room for the vending machines, but everything else must be kept in a secured locker.

Dress Code

All visitors must be dressed appropriately. The following type of clothing will not be considered appropriate attire for visiting: 

  • See-through clothing
  • Tank tops
  • Midriff, strapless, or backless garments such as stretch tube tops and halter-tops.
  • Bare feet
  • Braless attire (females must wear bras)
  • High-slit skirts or dresses
  • Low-cut necklines
  • Unbuttoned shirts
  • Skirts and shorts ending more than 6” above the knee when seated
  • Attire with objectionable slogans or logos
  • Tight fitting clothing or clothing made from spandex

Physical Address

Wichita Work Release Facility
401 S. Emporia St.
Wichita, KS 67202

Driving Directions: https://goo.gl/maps/45DtK93kuzDnBiBc7

General Phone Number

​(316) 265-5211 ext. 200 or 232

Inmate Mailing Address(es)

Inmate Name and DOC Number
Wichita Work Release Facility
401 S. Emporia St.
Wichita, KS 67202

The Kansas Department of Corrections also allows inbound and outbound electronic messaging with inmates from family and friends who have established an account at JPay.com.

How to Call an Inmate

You can’t call an inmate at the Wichita Work Release Facility, but they do have access to a phone during assigned times, and inmates are allowed to make monitored outgoing calls. For complete details on how to call an inmate in Kansas, please click here.

How to Send Money

There are two options for placing funds into an inmate's account at Wichita Work Release Facility.

  • JPay: To use this method online or by phone, you must establish a JPay account. Please visit www.jpay.com or call (800) 574-5729 for information on how to open and manage your account.

You may also send a money order with a deposit coupon without establishing an account. Please visit JPay to print a deposit coupon and follow JPay's instructions. Additional methods are available using MoneyGram with receive code 6577 or by downloading JPay’s free mobile app to your iPhone or Android device.

  • Access Secure Deposits: To use this method, online or by phone, you must establish an Access account. Please visit www.accesscorrections.com or call (866) 345-1884 for information on how to open and manage your account. Access Secure Deposits takes MasterCard and Visa debit and credit cards.
  • Walk-in (service fees apply): Visit www.CashPayToday.com or call (844) 340-2274 to enroll. Walk-in sites accept cash only. Visit CashPayToday to locate a Dollar General, Family Dollar, or other location near you that accepts walk-in payments.
  • You may also send a money order with a deposit coupon without establishing an account. Please visit Access Secure Deposits to print a deposit coupon and follow Access’ instructions.

​Programs For ​Inmates

All inmates at Wichita Work Release Facility are required to have a full-time job in the community, so they can accumulate savings and pay for their room and board, among other expenses. Therefore, other than pre-release programming, there are no programs available to inmates at WWRF.

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