What Happened In This Missouri Prison Will Disturb You To The Core

Missouri State Penitentiary, also known as “The Walls”, was in operation from 1836 to 2004 and is located in Jefferson City. Before its closing, it was the oldest continually operating penitentiary west of the Mississippi River. In 1967, Time Magazine named it the “bloodiest 47 acres in America”, and it was Missouri’s primary maximum security facility. Today, the Jefferson City Convention and Visitor’s Bureau opens the prison seasonally for public tours given by former corrections officers, guards and wardens who worked within its walls.

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