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Business
12:03 pm
Fri May 25, 2012

Hear a former inmate's story from MSP

The administration building is one of the oldest on the prison site. Its decaying façade sits opposite a recently-opened federal courthouse across the street.
Samantha Sunne KBIA

One man’s historic building is another’s nightmarish living conditions. Listen to the audio to hear former MSP inmate Joshua Kezer talks about what it was like to be incarcerated for 10 years in one of the oldest prisons in the U.S.

Business
12:00 pm
Thu May 24, 2012

Films, events, donations fund other aging prisons

Eastern State Penitentiary
Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site, Inc

The Missouri State Penitentiary is one of the oldest prisons in the country, but there are even older ones that survived both centuries of inmates and decades of decay. The Ohio State Reformatory in Mansfield and the Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia are now fully operating tourist sites.

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Business Beat
5:48 pm
Wed May 23, 2012

"Neglect" at MSP could be trouble in Jefferson City

The entrance to the prison’s female department is slowly crumbling. This wing of the administration building is one stop on the popular MSP ghost tours.
Samantha Sunne KBIA

An update on the EEZ in Columbia. Plus, some say the situation at the old Missouri State Penitentiary in Jefferson City is getting desperate.

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Business
5:20 pm
Wed May 23, 2012

"Neglect" a threat for Missouri State Penitentiary

Water damage threatens the stability of Housing Unit 3, which once housed Martin Luther King Jr’s killer, James Earl Ray. MSP officials worry roof leaks will eventually cause the historical buildings to crumble.
Samantha Sunne KBIA

The Missouri State Penitentiary closed in 2004 due to deteriorating conditions at the 150-year-old facility. KBIA’s Samantha Sunne explains how this deterioration has continued into the prison’s life as a Jefferson City tourist destination and historic landmark.

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