Shown here is the currently closed Crossroads Correctional Center.

Defunct prison to provide trainees real setting

"The training piece of things always sounds good on paper. But until people actually engage somewhere in the environment involving that setting, it has a limited benefit. This is an excellent use of your facility,” Rep. Lane Roberts said.

Plans to reopen the Crossroads Correctional Center as a training center for corrections staff continue taking shape as the initiative recommended by Gov. Mike Parson makes its way through the Missouri House of Representatives.

During a house budget committee meeting last Wednesday, Missouri Department of Corrections Director of Budget and Financing Trevor Foley elaborated on a $671,000 plan announced earlier this month to reopen the defunct Crossroads Correctional Center.

“This is a decision item recommended by the governor to convert the Crossroads Correctional Center, which was consolidated with the Western Missouri Correctional Center two years ago, to a training academy for department of corrections staff with residential capability,” Foley said. “Currently, all of our institutional staff receive their training in a classroom setting. We believe we can improve the quality of their training by training them in an environment that looks like the ones they are going to be working in.”

READ MORE IN THIS WEEK’S EDITION OF THE CAMERON CITIZEN-OBSERVER, IN STORES THURSDAY.

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