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MO's Oldest Prison Closes; Inmates Moved


Jefferson City, MO – Inmates at the oldest working prison west of the Mississippi were moved to their new home Wednesday.

The state of Missouri is opening a new prison in Jefferson City to replace the old State Penitentiary. More than 1,300 inmates were safely re-located Wednesday.

The new $128 million maximum security prison will house nearly 2,000 men.

The new prison is on a 160-acre site about eight miles east of Jeff City. The old prison is in the downtown section, a few blocks east of the state Capitol. Both are located along the Missouri River.

A commission is planning how to use the old prison and surrounding grounds. Some state office buildings already are under construction on the site. Other ideas include hotels and a convention center.