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Chillicothe News - Chillicothe, MO
  • Correctional Center celebrates 5th anniversary

  • It has been five years since the Chillicothe Correctional Center opened the doors at its current site, located just north of Chillicothe off U.S. Highway 65.
    Chillicothe Mayor Chuck Haney remembers that day well. During an anniversary ceremony held yesterday afternoon (Thursday), Haney shared stories of a smooth move to the new facility.
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  • It has been five years since the Chillicothe Correctional Center opened the doors at its current site, located just north of Chillicothe off U.S. Highway 65.
    Chillicothe Mayor Chuck Haney remembers that day well. During an anniversary ceremony held yesterday afternoon (Thursday), Haney shared stories of a smooth move to the new facility.
    “That’s not an easy task in the middle of the night; to move some 489 inmates from one facility to the other,” Haney said. “It went off great, I understand, and that credit has to go to the Correctional Center, the wardens and how they run the program.”
    In the five years since the opening of the new facility, both employment and prisoner population have grown immensely. Haney said that growth has been, and will continue to be, a valuable asset to the Chillicothe economy.
    “We started around 489 inmates,” Haney explained. “A couple of weeks ago, when I talked to Warden Steve Larkins, we’re up to 1264. That is just fantastic. We’re upwards of 600 in employees. That is a couple of true assets to this city, community and area.”
    Haney also thanked the inmates and employees of the CCC for the work they do in Chillicothe as part of the work release program.
    “What these people have done in our community with the Streets Department, Parks Department and other areas has made our city look brighter, better and more beautiful,” Haney said. “They do one heck of a job.”
    Larkins echoed Haney’s comments, stating this project could not have been completed without the support of the community.
    “After 23 years in this department, I’ve never seen the cooperation from the community that we have here in Chillicothe,” Larkins said. “A lot of that comes from the mayor, and I appreciate that.”
    Two year-end awards were also presented at yesterday’s ceremony. The Lifesaver Award was presented to Gary Hacker for his extraordinary action to save the life of an inmate. On April 26, Hacker assisted an inmate who was choking and helped to dislodge the food from her throat.
    The Employee of the year Award was presented to Joyce Perry, Office Support Assistant / Keyboarding.
    “She does a super job for us,” Larkins said. “She coordinates so many things for us. There’s so many things we couldn’t do without her.”
    Larkins finished the ceremony by thanking all the employees of the CCC who work to keep the facility running smoothly on a daily basis.
    “Thank you for the great job you do,” Larkins said. “It’s very easy to be a successful warden when you have these kind of people.”
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