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Pam Boggs, a former corrections officer at the old Missouri State Penitentiary in Jefferson City, tells students about life in "A" Hall. Students toured the multi-story prison dorm and concluded the tour with a stop at the old gas chamber.

Pam Boggs, a former corrections officer at the old Missouri State Penitentiary in Jefferson City, tells students about life in "A" Hall. Students toured the multi-story prison dorm and concluded the tour with a stop at the old gas chamber. Photo by Julie Smith.

Living conditions inside a prison in the 1800s were far from pleasant, maybe even “gross.”

As Michael Groose discussed the hardships of life for inmates at the Missouri State Penitentiary (MSP), students from Simonsen Ninth Grade Center were quick to “whoa” and “ick” at some of the details.

For the 740 inmates it housed from 1868 through the turn of the century, "A" Hall had no plumbing and only a bucket for the six inmates per cell.

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“Prison is awful,” said student Nathan Sackman.

When Kael Upschulte walked into one of the small, damp cells ....

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