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Staffing Shortages Prompt Temporary Missouri Prison Closures

Two Missouri prison facilities are temporarily closing and relocating inmates because of statewide staffing shortages.

The St. Joseph News-Press reports that 75 inmates are being transferred from the minimum security Kansas City Reentry Center to the Western Reception, Diagnostic and Correctional Center in St. Joseph and the Western Missouri Correctional Center in Cameron.

The low-security Cremer Therapeutic Community Center in Fulton also is also temporarily closing, and all 43 offenders are being transferred to Fulton Diagnostic, Reception and Correctional Center.

A prison spokeswoman says staff will also be moved to the larger facilities, where they can be used to help reduce overtime.