Katherine Kreider

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (KMOX) — A new law went into effect Tuesday that will allow some convicted criminals to get out of prison earlier.

St. Louis Republican representative Gary Fuhr says that the law will help reduce the number of inmates and lighten the financial load for taxpayers. “There are various estimates of them that can save anywhere from 50,000 dollars up to several million dollars depending on how many people actually comply with their probation or parole provisions.”

Although some criminals will be released from prison earlier, the law provides that people convicted of violent crimes will not be eligible for earlier release. “There were a number of them that we went through that had a propensity for violence, like child sexual assault, that we exempted even though there are other class C and D felonies that we exempted from the provisions of the bill.”

Criminals who do not follow the conditions of their probation will also be sent to a mandatory 120-day rehab facility or will be returned to prison.

According to the Missouri Department of Corrections, the direct cost of keeping one prisoner incarcerated is around 6,000 dollars per year.

Copyright KMOX State Capitol Bureau


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