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Mo. inmates move from oldest to newest prison.

About 1,350 inmates have moved from Missouri's oldest prison to the new Jefferson City Correctional Center, the Associated Press reported. The $128 million prison replaces the nearly 170-year-old Missouri State Penitentiary and will have 1,996 beds for maximum-security male inmates. The new prison will also employ about 690 people.

Staff from other state prisons, the state Highway Patrol and local sheriffs and police officers helped with the inmate transfer. The new prison is located on a 160-acre site about eight miles east of Jefferson City. The old prison is in downtown Jefferson City, a few blocks east of the state Capitol. The Missouri State Penitentiary had been the oldest continuously operated prison west of the Mississippi River.

Corrections officials say the new prison has a modern design and better technology to keep the community and correctional staff safe. A commission is planning how to use the old prison and surrounding grounds. Some state office buildings are already under construction on the site. Other ideas include a hotel and a convention center.
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Title Annotation:State News
Author:St. Gerard, Vanessa
Publication:Corrections Today
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Dec 1, 2004
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