Getting to Know the Missouri Department of Corrections
Missouri houses approximately 32,000 inmates in 21 state prison facilities. Download a map of those prison facilities (PDF). The area served by the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph includes 6 of the state facilities. Two federal facilities are located just 50 miles from downtown KC in the neighboring state of Kansas. In addition, numerous counties and municipalities have jails.
View the most recent MDOC Annual Report (PDF)
Prison Overview (from MO Dept. Corrections website)
Classification within the system depends upon the seriousness of the crime, the willingness of the inmate to obey rules and regulations and the perceived potential for escape. Prison administration provides appropriately secure facilities in three main inmate custody levels:
Inmates with only misdemeanor convictions are housed in minimum security, and felons may be promoted to minimum security during routine reviews if considered appropriate.
Prisons have all programs and activities operating within the unit. Programs include academic and vocational education, substance abuse treatment, psychological and other counseling programs and varied work assignments. When working outside the prison, inmates are under the supervision of armed personnel.
Basic education, counseling and work programs are available to inmates in Maximum Security.
Correctional Centers in within the Boundaries of The Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph