Eastern Reception, Diagnostic and Correctional Center

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Eastern Reception, Diagnostic and Correctional Center
Location2727 Hwy K
Bonne Terre, Missouri
Security classMinimum, Medium, Maximum, Diagnostic, Executions
Managed byMissouri Department of Corrections
WardenDavid Vandergriff[1]

The Eastern Reception, Diagnostic and Correctional Center (ERDCC) is a 2,684-bed prison located in a detached eastern section of Bonne Terre, Missouri.[1] It is home to adult males who may have substance abuse issues or are mentally disabled. [2]

The ERDCC serves as the point of admission for male offenders committed by the courts in eastern Missouri to the Missouri Department of Corrections (MODOC), responsible for their classification through medical and mental tests. It contains Missouri's lethal injection execution chamber.[3] Programs at this facility include restorative justice, Narcotics Anonymous and Alcoholics Anonymous, Impact on Crime, Seven points of highly successful people, and Storylink.

It operates a cooked and chilled food facility, a unit that prepares and transports all regular and special diet meals to the Potosi Correctional Center, Farmington Correctional Center and Missouri Eastern Correctional Centers and the St. Louis Community Release Center.[4]

NPR reported about an outbreak of COVID-19 cases in August 2021. Universal testing for COVID-19 had not occurred since August 2020 even though ERDCC is an intake facility for prisoners brought in from county jails which do not have the same testing, quarantine and isolation protocols as the DOC. Severe staffing shortage caused inmates to be held on extended and frequent lockdowns, unable to leave their cells, not even for medical appointments.[5]

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  1. ^ a b "Eastern Reception, Diagnostic and Correctional Center". Missouri Department of Corrections. Retrieved 2022-02-02.
  2. ^ "Eastern Reception & Diagnostic Correctional Center". Alleghany County, North Carolina. Retrieved 2022-02-02.
  3. ^ "Missouri". Death Penalty Information Center. Retrieved 2022-02-02.
  4. ^ "Eastern Reception, Diagnostic, and Correctional Center". Prison Insight. Retrieved 2022-02-02.
  5. ^ Jamie Jiang (2021-08-04). "If Missouri Fails To Contain COVID-19 Outbreaks In Prisons, Outside Communities Will Be At Risk". NPR. Retrieved 2022-02-02.

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Coordinates: 37°55′28″N 90°30′52″W / 37.92444°N 90.51444°W / 37.92444; -90.51444