The next state budget will require the closing of two prison facilities and cutbacks in some programs that help inmates go home and not return. Church Farm Prison near Jefferson City and Camp Hawthorn at the Lake of the Ozarks are places where inmates about to be freed serve their last months in prison. Lack of money is forcing the state to close them. Lawmakers don’t know if those inmates will have transition programs available at the prisons they’ll move to. Senate Appropriations Chairman Chuck Gross says some stopgap measures will be used – though they might not be adequate. In fact, Gross thinks the shifts will cause enough problems that one of the closed prison facilities will have to be reopened before long. No money is in the budget for new prisons, although some money has been set aside to plan a new women’s prison in Chillicothe. Missouri’s two women’s prisons reportedly have serious overcrowding problems already.
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