America's Safest (and Brokest) Prison

| May/June 2002

Missouri's newest correctional facility, the $105 million Eastern Reception, Diagnostic and Correctional Center in Bonne Terre, is a state-of-the-art maximum-security prison with 130 video cameras, kitchens big enough to cook 30,000 meals a day, and room for 2,684 convicts. Trouble is, the state doesn't have the money to operate it, so the place sits empty. "We've been unable to open Bonne Terre because of the high cost of doing so," budget director Brian Long tells the St. Louis alternative weekly Riverfront Times (Dec. 26, 2001). "It's about a $39 million proposition to bring it into operation, and the revenues simply haven't been there.'"
10/28/2012 5:37:44 PM

Are you sure USA is still NUMBER ONE, FREE and AWESOME as they claim? Or perhaps somewhere in the lower middle in the world? I somehow feel that all the CIA data on US GDP figures is faked on a year to year basis and instead of $49K per capita it should be more like $19K or even less and if you take away US's ability to extort money from countries such as Ecuador., Argentina, Japan etc. then its GDP figures may go as low as $10K per capita and that;s where a normal country like South Africa is today.

12/16/2009 12:58:46 PM

I am very concerned about information I have been learning about the way in which this facility is being managed.The tax payers should relize that their money helped build a prison over ground that had once been mining grounds.This in alone indicates that whomever was in the construction phase of this was not looking at the longevity of a facility being maintained without either outlandish maintenance costs or just planning not to maintain it at all.Bonne Terre is classified as a level 4 camp,yet level 5 inmates whose level drops and are sent here the conditions are worse .They are locked down approximately 21.5 hrs a day.The facility is cold.The food,as with any prison,is horrible and as usual the medical attention which DOC contracts out to is to say the least horrible.Unless something has changed recently the federal government does not fund new prisons unless they are going to be level 5 camps.Where do you go and how do you start bringing this to the attention fo those who can perhaps look into prison reform issues and their rights.The prison systems should be held accountable like everyone else and people should want to know how poorly and irresponsibly their tax dollars are being spent. Kathy

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