Bill to Trim Missouri's Prison Population Clears Legislature
JEFFERSON CITY -- The Missouri Legislature passed and sent to the governor today a bill that aims to gradually reduce the state's prison population by strengthening community supervision for nonviolent offenders.
The bill sets up a system of carrots and sticks for people on probation for certain nonviolent felonies, such as drug possession. Offenders could receive points for following court-imposed conditions of their release, shortening their probation by 30 days for each month of compliance.
The changes were recommended by a working group that studied Missouri prison data. That study, by the Pew Center on the States, found that nearly three-fourths of new admissions to state prisons stemmed from probation violations -- many of them "technical" violations.
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