Missouri Prison Recommendations to be Released
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - A committee examining Missouri prison and sentencing systems is preparing to release recommendations that could save the state money and allow a prison housing unit to be closed. A final report form the Missouri Working Group on Sentencing and Corrections could come this week. The Jefferson City News Tribune reports the recommendations could allow state government to save an estimated $3 million to $12 million per year. The committee included state lawmakers, Corrections Department officials and representatives for prosecutors, defense attorneys and the courts. One possible change focuses on people who violate their probation. The working group is likely to recommend officials be allowed to incarcerate someone who violates probation immediately in a local jail for 48 hours.