Female inmates have begun moving into the new state-of-the-art Chillicothe Correctional Center (CCC), designed by the design-build team of KAI Design & Build of St. Louis, Mo.; DLR Group of Overland Park, KS; and JE Dunn Construction Company of Kansas City, MO.
The City of Chillicothe, which claims to be the “Home of Sliced Bread,” made tremendous efforts to ensure that the prison, and its jobs, stayed in the community. The State of Missouri issued $120 million million dollars to keep the prison there. The Missouri Department of Corrections is hiring 175 additional corrections officers for the new facility, bringing its full-time employees to 560, with an annual payroll of $15.7 million.
The new $120 million prison, the largest design-build project undertaken by the State of Missouri, will provide expanded services to female offenders in substance abuse treatment, academic education and re-entry services.
The facility, which replaces an outdated prison constructed in 1887, will also improve safety and security for the public, staff and offenders. Non-conventional materials, such as vinyl tile and carpet, as well as ceramic tile in the showers create a softer environment for the female inmates. Additional amenities include a beauty shop, religious center, library, bakery, cosmetology lab, gymnasium and greenhouse.
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