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I could just as easily assume that they wouldn't see anything and wouldn't report anything
JEFFERSON CITY -- The nation's new Homeland Security Chief Janet Napolitano paid a visit to the Capital City yesterday. She is a former two-term governor from Arizona.
It was decommissioned in October of 2004 and the inmates were moved to a new facility and over the subsequent years, the grounds have undergone some demolition, redevelopment and new construction.
Demolition and Reconstruction
Following its decommissioning in October 2004, a wide variety of development plans were immediately up for consideration. In September 2007 (just months after the photos on the right were taken), those plans went into action when demolition began on various buildings inside the complex. The older, historical buildings were spared a similar fate with plans of preserving them as historic sites. The current plans call for a new federal courthouse to be built over eight acres of the cleared property, with the addition of two hotels and other office buildings. The current estimated of the project is currently set at around $153 million, which will be shared between state and federal government.
In May 2009, the doors of the remaining structures of Missouri State Penitentiary were reopened to the general public. The new so-called "Hard Hat Tours" takes guests on a two-hour tour of the spared prison buildings. Stops include such sites as the very cell where Sonny Liston was incarcerated during his stay at the prison, as well as the infamous execution chamber. Tour guides share the structure's history of punishment, escapes, riots, and other interesting tales from the prison's past.