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Attorney General Jay Nixon Backs Bills Giving Crime Victims Louder Voice in Court

December 9, 2004
By: Travis Thompson
State Capital Bureau

Missouri Attorney General Jay Nixon announced his support for two bills to give crime victims a voice before officials release felons from prison.

Travis Thompson has more from the state Capital.

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Missouri law allows offenders convicted of nonviolent felonies to petition for release after 120 days in prison.

Attorney General Jay Nixon says he wants judges to hear from crime victims before those felons can be released.

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Contents: "It's my hope that the legislature will quickly pass these fixes so that we can continue the seamless system so that victims in Missouri are part of our law enforcement team."

A similar bill last session did not pass the legislature.

From the state Capital, I'm Travis Thompson.

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Missouri Attorney General Jay Nixon announced his support for two bills to give crime victims a voice before officials release felons from prison.

Travis Thompson has more from the state Capital.

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If passed, two house bills would require judges to listen to crime victims before felons are released early from prison.

Attorney General Jay Nixon is backing the bills.

House Minority Leader Jeff Harris is one of the authors of the bills.

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Contents: "We're trying to ensure felons aren't just released on the streets before they serve their time without witnesses or their victims being notified."

A similar bill last session did not pass.

From the state Capital, I'm Travis Thompson.

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Missouri Attorney General Jay Nixon is backing a bill giving crime victims a louder voice in court.

Travis Thompson has more from the state Capital.

Story:
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Missouri law allows offenders convicted of nonviolent felonies to petition for release after 120 days in prison.

Attorney General Jay Nixon says he wants judges to hear from crime victims before those felons can be released.

A similar bill authored by House Minority Leader Jeff Harris did not pass last session.

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Contents: "It's too bad when we can pass all kinds of other bills, but we can't pass a criminal law bill."

Harris and Representative Cathy Jolly authored the new bills.

From the state Capital, I'm Travis Thompson.