JEFFERSON CITY — Gov. Mike Parson says there will be no layoffs and no additional prisoner releases as part of a northwest Missouri prison consolidation.

Parson plans to close Crossroads Correctional Center in Cameron, although on Friday he said he wants to keep it available in case it's later needed. Prisoners and staff would be transferred to Western Missouri Correctional Center, which is also in Cameron.

Corrections Director Anne Precythe says it will cost about $3 million to retrofit Western Missouri Correctional Center for maximum-security prisoners.

Budget officials say the consolidation is expected to save $15 million. That would partly fund what Precythe described as the biggest pay raise in agency history.

On top of a 3 percent raise for state workers, corrections staff would get a 1 percent raise every two years.

Copyright 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Recommended for you

Join the conversation

When posting comments, please follow our community guidelines:
• Login with a social account on WorldTable.
• Don't use obscene, profane or vulgar language or engage in personal attacks.
• Stay on topic. Don’t hijack a forum to talk about something else or to post spam.
• Abuse of the community could result in being banned.
• Comments on our website and social media may be published in our newspaper or on our website.