Governor Parson Calls for Prison Closure

Prison Inmate

During his first State of the State Address, Governor Parson announced his plans to close Crossroads Correctional Facility and move the inmates to nearby Western Missouri Correctional Facility. The governor said the move would save millions of dollars annually and allow for a pay increase for Dept. of Corrections employees. Last year, Crossroads cost the state over $13 million to operate. The savings would allow for a three-percent salary increase for all state employees as well as a salary adjustment of $8.2 million for corrections workers.
Crossroads is a maximum-security unit that holds 900 inmates. Western Missouri which is a medium-security, would be converted to maximum-security with the addition of a $3 million electrical fence.  Crossroads has had ongoing problems since a riot in May over grievances resulted in damages to the prison and a four-month lockdown for the inmates.
Director of the Missouri Department of Corrections Anne Precythe said closing a prison is possible due to the prison population declining. The decline was a result of changes made to the Criminal Code by the legislature in 2014 and the Justice Reinvestment Act, passed by the legislature last year, that allows the Department of Corrections options to contain spending by reinvesting in policies that reduce recidivism.

January 18, 2019 - 1:59pm

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