Offenders filling sand bags

Department of Corrections contributes labor and funds to help flood and storm victims

When storms and floods struck the state in the spring and summer of 2019, the Missouri Department of Corrections staff and offenders invested long workdays and hard-earned dollars to help fellow Missourians. Supervised by staff working extra hours outside their usual shifts, more than 350 offenders from Missouri prisons contributed 1,548 workdays to flood relief, filling and placing […]

Indictment

Over 24 indicted in connection with Crossroads Correctional Center riot

Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt announced Tuesday that over two dozen individuals were indicted by a DeKalb County grand jury for their involvement in a May 2018 riot at the Crossroads Correctional Center in Cameron, Missouri. A grand jury was convened in DeKalb County, Missouri, at the request of DeKalb County Prosecuting Attorney Erik Tate […]

Missouri Department of Corrections Mugshot of Shannon Watts

Inmate who walked away from work at Missouri State Fair apprehended

Shannon Dewayne Watts, a Tipton Correctional Center inmate who walked away from his work site at the Missouri State Fair after completing his work-release job late Sunday night, has been apprehended. At 11:20 p.m. Monday, Aug. 19, Pettis County Dispatch reported Watts had been found unconscious with apparent head injuries near Highway B between Sedalia […]

Missouri Department of Corrections Mugshot of Shannon Watts

Inmate walks away from work site at Missouri State Fair

The Missouri Department of Corrections is reporting that at approximately 12:45 a.m. Monday, August 19, offender Shannon Dewayne Watts, Department of Corrections No. 1107639, a minimum-security inmate assigned to Tipton Correctional Center, walked away from a Missouri State Fair work site at the Missouri State Fairgrounds in Sedalia, Missouri, while on work release. The Corrections […]

Missouri Department of Corrections

Three corrections officers receive “Award of Valor” from Department of Corrections

Three corrections officers have received the Missouri Department of Corrections Award of Valor for their roles in ensuring the safety of staff and offenders at the Crossroads Correctional Center last year when 209 offenders staged a protest. Corrections officers David Baker and Jason Huff with Crossroads and Corrections Supervisor Cade Thompson of the Western Reception, […]

Overhead View of Crossroads and Missouri Western Correctional Centers

Audio: Crossroads Correctional Center and Western Missouri Center in Cameron are now officially consolidated

Two prisons in northwest Missouri’s Cameron have officially consolidated. State Department of Corrections spokeswoman Karen Pojmann says all Crossroads Correctional Center prisoners have been moved to Western Missouri Correctional Center.     Pojmann says the move helps to bolster safety for workers and prisoners statewide.     Many workers moved to other locations in the […]

Governor Parsons Signs Abortion Bill

Audio: Governor Parson signs $29.7 billion state budget, giving pay boost to state workers

Among about 300 Missouri Department of Corrections workers, Governor Parson has signed into law a 29.7 billion dollar state budget. At the Jefferson City Correctional Center, Parson says the plan gives corrections staff a pay raise of at least three percent for new workers and as much as 13 percent for 20-year veterans.     […]

Missouri Department of Corrections

Missouri Department of Corrections staff pay raise finalized as Governor signs state budget

In a ceremony at Jefferson City Correctional Center, Missouri Governor Mike Parson signed into law a state operating budget that includes the largest pay raise for corrections staff in Missouri Department of Corrections history.  Developed by the department, championed by Governor Mike Parson and approved by the state legislature, the pay plan calls for a […]