Female offenders moved to new Missouri prison

Friday, December 5, 2008 | 3:03 p.m. CST

CHILLICOTHE — Hundreds of inmates are settling in to the new women's prison in Chillicothe, which was built to ease overcrowding as the number of female offenders grows.

The Missouri Department of Corrections said the transfer was completed early Friday, more than two years after ground was broken on the 1,636-inmate facility. The women were transferred from the 121-year-old Chillicothe prison, which held 525 prisoners.

The new facility will help relieve crowding at the women's prison in Vandalia, which was designed for 1,460 inmates, about 500 fewer than the current population.

Missouri's female prisoner count has risen 150 percent during the past 10 years to about 2,500.

The new prison will employ 562 workers, with a payroll of about $16 million.

At the time of the groundbreaking, the project carried a $120 million price tag.

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Charles Dudley Jr December 5, 2008 | 3:31 p.m.

Well of coarse the women's prison population will rise due to they more than likely follow right along with the drug dealing live in boy friends and end up taking the fall for them or are just a pawn in the deal of the game.

It is a sad issue I will admit these ladies fall into at very young ages.

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