Missouri Department of Corrections

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The Missouri Department of Corrections is a state agency of Missouri that operates state prisons. It is headquartered in Jefferson City.[1] It currently houses over 30,000 inmates.

Facilities[edit]

Below is a list of Missouri state correctional facilities.

As of 2010 the state did not use private prisons or export prisoners to facilites in other states.[2] The two private prisons in the state (Integrity Correctional Center near Holden, Missouri and Bridewell Prison in Bethany, Missouri) both closed in 2010, and had never held Missouri state inmates.[3][4]

Former facilities:

Deaths of prisoners[edit]

As of March 2010, the leading cause of prisoner deaths is cancer. Heart disease and liver disease are the next most common causes of prisoner deaths. Of all Missourians, heart disease and cancer are the most frequent causes of deaths.[7]

Operations[edit]

Prisoners newly inducted into the MDOC system are placed in diagnostic institutions. Adult male prisoners may go to either the Eastern Reception & Diagnostic Center, the Fulton Reception & Diagnostic Center, or the Western Reception & Diagnostic Center. All incoming female prisoners, including adults and minors under 17 who are convicted on adult charges in adult courts, are sent to the Women's Eastern Reception, Diagnostic & Correctional Center. Male prisoners under 17 years of age who are convicted in adult criminal courts were sent to the Northeast Correctional Center which no longer houses minor offenders. Male death row inmates are sent directly to Potosi Correctional Center.[8]

Death row[edit]

The Potosi Correctional Center (PCC), which opened in 1989, houses male death row inmates.[9] In April 1989 the state transferred its 70 death row inmates from Jefferson City Correctional Center (JCCC, which was built to replace the aging Missouri State Penitentiary[10]) The original Missouri State Penitentiary, known as The Walls, was located inside the Jefferson City city limits. Missouri Department of Corrections. August 14, 2003. Retrieved on September 18, 2010 to Potosi.[11] At some point after the move, MDOC stopped using the word "death row", believing it to be negative, and began referring to death row prisoners as "'capital punishment' (CP) inmates".[12]

Missouri Reentry Conference[edit]

Each year, the Missouri Department of Corrections co-sponsors a Missouri Reentry Conference held in Tan-Tar-A Resort in Osage Beach.[13] The conference, which began in 2005, features speakers and workshops concerning issues surrounding Missouri’s ex-offender population. The conferences average over 300 attendees annually. The intent of the conference is to provide high-quality education and networking opportunities for corrections professionals and community-based partners involved in the state’s reentry process.

In addition to the Missouri Department of Corrections, other co-sponsors include Area Resources for Community and Human Services (ARCHS), the Missouri Department of Social Services, and Family and Community Trust (FACT).

Fallen officers and staff members[edit]

Since the establishment of the Missouri Department of Corrections 12 officers have died in the line of duty and two staff members.[14]

  • Officer William Bullard (Missouri State Penitentiary), 1841
  • Officer John Clay (Missouri State Penitentiary), 1905
  • Officer Ephriam Allison (Missouri State Penitentiary), 1905
  • Deputy Warden R.E. See (Missouri State Penitentiary), 1906
  • Officer James W. Woods (Missouri State Penitentiary), 1906
  • Officer Eli Jenkins (Missouri State Penitentiary), 1918
  • Officer James Hart (Missouri State Penitentiary- 1924
  • Lieutenant Harold Atkinson (Missouri State Penitentiary), 1975
  • Officer Walter Farrow (Missouri State Penitentiary), 1979
  • Officer Tom Jackson (Moberly Correctional Center), 1983
  • Officer Rodney Welch (Algoa Correctional Center), 2002
  • District Administrator Debra Collins (District 25 Poplar Bluff), 2011

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Home page. Missouri Department of Corrections. Retrieved on December 7, 2009.
  2. ^ http://sentencingproject.org/doc/publications/inc_Too_Good_to_be_True.pdf pages 4-5
  3. ^ http://www.treanorarchitects.com/treanor-justice/johnson-county-mo-jail-expansion/
  4. ^ http://stlouis.cbslocal.com/2013/01/04/for-sale-one-medium-security-missouri-prison/
  5. ^ https://www.sos.mo.gov/BlueBook/2011-2012/6_Corr.pdf page 290
  6. ^ https://www.sos.mo.gov/BlueBook/2011-2012/6_Corr.pdf page 290
  7. ^ "Inside Out Family Newsletter". Missouri Department of Corrections. March 2010. 3. Retrieved on September 1, 2010.
  8. ^ "FFWeb.pdf". Missouri Department of Corrections. 2. Retrieved on September 18, 2010.
  9. ^ Lombardi, George, Richard D. Sluder, and Donald Wallace. "The Management of Death-Sentenced Inmates: Issues, Realities, and Innovative Strategies". Missouri Department of Corrections. 8-9. Retrieved on September 18, 2010.
  10. ^ "Jefferson City Correctional Center".
  11. ^ Lombardi, George, Richard D. Sluder, and Donald Wallace. "The Management of Death-Sentenced Inmates: Issues, Realities, and Innovative Strategies". Missouri Department of Corrections. 9. Retrieved on September 18, 2010.
  12. ^ Lombardi, George, Richard D. Sluder, and Donald Wallace. "The Management of Death-Sentenced Inmates: Issues, Realities, and Innovative Strategies". Missouri Department of Corrections. 9–10. Retrieved on September 18, 2010.
  13. ^ Missouri Reentry Conference
  14. ^ The Officer Down Memorial Page

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