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Missouri Opens New State Pen

By AP/KWMU

Jefferson City, Mo. – Missouri is showing off its newest prison.

Officials held a ribbon-cutting ceremony Thursday for the Jefferson City Correctional Center. It's a high-tech replacement for the 19th century Missouri State Penitentiary.

The state's newest prison cost $128 million to build.

It has nearly two-thousand beds for maximum security male inmates. It will employ almost 700 people.

Corrections Department Director Gary Kempker says it will provide greater safety and security than the old state penitentiary, which literally has crumbling walls.

The new prison will be open for public tours this Saturday and Sunday.

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