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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 […]

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Audio: Legislature approval not required for Missouri prison reorganization plan

The Missouri Department of Corrections is moving many inmates and workers at the Crossroads prison in Cameron to the nearby Western Missouri Correctional Center. Director Anne Precythe says moving to the older prison makes sense.     The state has budgeted three-million dollars to convert half of Western Missouri Correctional Center in Cameron into a […]

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Missouri Department of Corrections announces plan to consolidate Crossroads and Western correctional facilities

The Missouri Department of Corrections has announced a new plan that, if approved by the General Assembly, will help address two chronic department issues: a staffing shortage and low employee wages. The department plans to consolidate Crossroads Correctional Center (CRCC) and Western Missouri Correctional Center (WMCC), both in Cameron, Missouri. The plan calls for moving […]

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Audio: Additional details released on proposed shuttering of Crossroads Correctional Center in Cameron

Story by Alisa Nelson of Missourinet The Crossroads Correctional Center in northwest Missouri’s Cameron could be closing. Governor Mike Parson’s state budget proposal includes shuttering the prison and moving the inmates and many of the workers to the other prison in town – the Western Missouri Correctional Center (WMCC).     “As governor, I am […]

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Audio: Company gives away electronic tablets to Missouri prisoners who want them

Most Missouri prison inmates have been given electronic tablets and they must buy content that can go on them, including educational materials, music, movies, and games. State Department of Corrections Director Anne Precythe tells Missourinet the tablets do not have cameras or outside internet access.     The Missouri prison system has been dealing with […]

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Audio: Missouri prisons roll out electronic tablets for most offenders to use

A company has given electronic tablets to most of Missouri’s prison population and offenders must pay for access to things like educational materials, music, movies, and games. State Department of Corrections Director Anne Precythe tells Missourinet the tablets are an officer safety tool.     Precythe says offenders must pay for access to things like […]

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Audio: Lawsuit dismissed after Missouri changes policy on execution witnesses

The Missouri Department of Corrections has changed its execution witness-selection policy as part of a lawsuit settlement.     The change in policy led to the formal dismissal of the federal suit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union in 2016 on behalf of BuzzFeed News journalist Chris against former Department of Corrections Director George […]

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Audio: Number of state prison guard vacancies has doubled during the past year

The Missouri prison system has reached a potential record of about 800 correctional officer vacancies. Department of Corrections Director Anne Precythe tells Missourinet the improving economy is part of the blame.     Precythe says another problem is the agency is pulling from the same hiring pool where prisons are located near each other. She […]

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Audio: Morale problems still abound in Missouri prison system

Efforts to improve morale and change a corrosive culture among Missouri prison workers has been criticized as ineffective. Department of Corrections Director Anne Precythe says progress is being made and defends a 24-hour hotline installed for disgruntled employees to report mistreatment.     The head of the Missouri Corrections Officer’s Association says the only way […]

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Missouri prisons reported to still be plagued by corrosive culture; Department says changes in progress

(Missourinet) – Some inmates and former employees say the Missouri prison system is still plagued by a corrosive culture of intimidation and retaliation that came to light almost two years ago. Gary Gross with the Corrections Officers Association says changes made under new leadership, including a 24-hour hotline for disgruntled employees, haven’t been effective.   […]

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Missouri Corrections Department head says she’s made massive leadership changes after prison scandal

The Missouri Department of Corrections head says she’s made massive personnel changes in management and staff. Director Anne Precythe, who was hired last year after a newspaper story revealed a prison culture of harassment, intimidation, and retaliation, told a state House committee she spent most of 2017 focused on staff.     Last year, the […]