New Missouri law gives inmates a shot at parole

4 months 3 weeks 1 day ago August 27, 2016 Aug 27, 2016 Saturday, August 27 2016 Saturday, August 27, 2016 6:10:00 AM CDT in News
By: Deja Pointer, KOMU 8 Digital Producer

JEFFERSON CITY- Starting Sunday, a new bill approved by the state Legistlature in May and signed by Gov. Jay Nixon will alllow inmates to exercise their right for freedom.

The law is expected to put a close on what prosecutors called a "giant hole" in the state's sentencing system and bring Missouri in compliance with federal court rulings.

Under the new law, a person who was sentenced to life imprisonment without parole for a crime committed before the person turned 18 years is eligible for a parole hearing after serving 25 years.

It is not clear how many inmates will immediately qualify for an opportunity to seek a parole hearing.

For inmates, changing their parole status to comply with the law won't come easy.

Inmates will first have to submit a request to the parole board to review their cases. And, they must already have served 25 years of their sentencing before petitioning the board.

 

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