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Prison opening came after long wait

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Speakers at ceremony tout facility’s economic impact

By Patrick Smith

INDEPENDENCE — After years of anticipation and struggles for funding in the General Assembly, River North Correctional Center in Independence officially became operational last week following a ribbon cutting Sept. 25.
The $105 million, 1,024-bed, medium security (Level 4) facility was open to hundreds of state and local dignitaries and officials for the afternoon ceremony and guided tours of the facility.


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