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Parson outlines details of Missouri prison closure

January 18, 2019 GMT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Gov. Mike Parson says there will be no layoffs and no additional prisoner releases as part of a northwest Missouri prison consolidation.

Parson plans to close Crossroads Correctional Center in Cameron, although on Friday he said he wants to keep it available in case it’s later needed. Prisoners and staff would be transferred to Western Missouri Correctional Center, which is also in Cameron.

Corrections Director Anne Precythe says it will cost about $3 million to retrofit Western Missouri Correctional Center for maximum-security prisoners.

Budget officials say the consolidation is expected to save $15 million. That would partly fund what Precythe described as the biggest pay raise in agency history.

On top of a 3 percent raise for state workers, corrections staff would get a 1 percent raise every two years.