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New Law Changes Conditions of Parole

Date: August 30, 2012
By: Katherine Kreider
State Capitol Bureau
Links: HB 1525

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A new law went into effect Tuesday that will allow some convicted criminals to get out of prison earlier.
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Wrap: The new law allows prisoners to earn credits towards a shorter sentence for complying with the conditions of their parole.

Supporters say that reducing the number of non-violent inmates will help save taxpayers' money.

St. Louis Republican representative and law sponsor Gary Fuhr says that this law could lighten the financial load for many taxpayers in Missouri.

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Description: "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."

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

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Katherine Kreider.

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A new law went into effect Tuesday that will allow some convicted criminals to get out of prison earlier.
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Wrap: St. Louis Republican representative Gary Fuhr says that the law will help reduce the number of inmates and lighten the financial load for taxpayers.

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.

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Description: "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 be sent to a mandatory 120-day rehab facility or will be returned to prison.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Katherine Kreider.

 


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