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Construction on New Missouri Women's Prison Underway

OCTOBER 25, 2006 - Posted at 7:39 a.m. CDT


CHILLICOTHE, AR - Governor Blunt and other officials took part in a groundbreaking ceremony for a new prison in Chillicothe.  The new facility will be able to house more than triple the inmates in the current one.

The current prison is among the oldest in the state and houses women inmates, from minimum to maximum security.  The new $120 million prison is expected to open in late 2008 or early 2009.

The state decided three years ago that the Chillicothe Correctional Center should be closed.  Officials in the northern Missouri town offered 140 acres to the state for the new prison.

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