Prosecutors Say it's Time to Revamp Criminal Code

4 years 7 months 1 week ago Wednesday, March 05 2014 Mar 5, 2014 Wednesday, March 05, 2014 4:04:28 AM CST March 05, 2014 in News
By: The Associated Press

JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - Missouri prosecutors and victim advocacy groups are urging the Legislature to pass an overhaul of the state's criminal laws.

At a news conference in the Capitol on Tuesday, supporters argued the measure would lengthen jail terms for violent repeat offenders, while going easier on non-violent criminals.

The measure's sponsor in the Senate, Democratic Minority Leader Jolie Justus, says the biggest obstacle facing the bill is its length - 1,100 pages.

Justus' bill would create new classes of felonies and misdemeanors, as well as reduce the penalties for certain drug crimes for first-time offenders.

House and Senate panels have both endorsed the legislation. The Senate version is awaiting floor debate, while the House bill is in the Rules Committee.

 

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