BOWLING GREEN — Gov. Jay Nixon is proposing to upgrade the state prison in Bowling Green in a move that could mean the prison will get more high-security inmates.
The Hannibal Courier-Post reports that Nixon is asking lawmakers to approve nearly $280,000 to remodel the 12-year-old prison. A now-vacant unit for young offenders would be relocated from Bowling Green to St. Joseph, and that space would be converted to 156 beds for adults.
The newspaper reports that budget documents say the Department of Corrections is "experiencing a significant shortfall in high-security beds" for male offenders.
The prison cost $70 million to build and is at capacity at just under 2,000 inmates.