El Dorado Correctional Facility is located in Butler County, just east of the town of El Dorado, Kansas. It is a maximum security facility for male inmates, and all new male prisoners that are received in the Kansas Department of Corrections are filtered through here.
El Dorado Correctional Facility is also famous for its large segregation unit, which contains more than 350 beds organized in three different cell houses where inmates deemed to be especially dangerous are kept. These inmates are only allowed to leave their cells for one hour per day. El Dorado Correctional Facility is also where Kansas houses all inmates awaiting execution, although their final punishment occurs at the Lansing Correctional Facility.
EDCF was established in the beginning of the 1990’s as a response to the increasingly overcrowded maximum security prisons nearby. It is the newest prison facility built in Kansas and ranks third in inmate population.