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MO Budget Would Cut Prison Education, Treatment Progs.


Jefferson City, Mo. – The state budget would cut some education classes and substance abuse treatment for the most violent criminals.

The Department of Corrections recommended closing three of the five education programs at the state's prisons for the most serious offenders. The programs focus on helping inmates get their high school equivalency degrees.

The closing will shut programs at Potosi and Crossroads, and move the program now at Jefferson City to Tipton. The agency says inmates still will have the opportunity to pursue an education
because they're transferred to lower-level prisons as they get closer to release.

The budget also would close the substance abuse treatment program in Jefferson City and move workers to handle the program now run under contract in Maryville.


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