Reduce the 85% prison mandate terms for first time violent offenders.

Prisons are supposed to be rehabilitation centers, when serving such long sentences they become institutionalized. Help give them a second chance to be better parents, significant others, and children.

Missouri is an 85% mandate state on prison terms. Our prisons are supposed to be rehabilitation facilities. They are meant to rehabilitate the inmates to make them readjust them selves to society to be a better person. First time violent offenders should be given a second chance, when they show that they have completed the necessary programs to sustain a healthy and productive life on the outside. There are inmates that have been locked up since young adulthood. Parole boards hands are tied and they are not allowed to distinguish and give the ones credit for the good work that they do. Give credit where credit is due. Allow inmates to receive early release, and credit for their lifestyle changes while being incarcerated. After serving these long extreme sentences they become institutionalized and makes it hard for them to function in everyday life. Give them the opportunity to be a father, mother, son, daughter, husband, or wife again. Let prisons be rehabilitation centers and reduce the 85% mandate law. Give parole boards back the right to make decisions. After all they are the ones that sit down and talk to the inmates and know their situations. This will also reduce the costs tremendously being spent yearly to house these individuals. This will allow money to be spent for more important issues that we face today.

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Public Comments (4,687)
Jun 10th, 2019
Someone from Willard, MO writes:
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How do you find out what is happening with this ?
Apr 29th, 2019
Lavona N. from Saint Louis, MO writes:
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Lord let this god through
Mar 26th, 2019
Someone from Smithville, MO writes:
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My love one was 17 when he robbed a Dollar General armed robbery no one was hurt gun was never fired. First felony he was sentenced to 55 years he got 130 from the store and a lady gave him 20 so he left with 150! Not saying he was right he has now served 23 years he is 40 years old! The judge “wanted to make an example” out of him! He has worked Hospice for 10 years teaches inside out dad and victim impact class. Been in the honors dorms for over 10 years! As of now has to serve 85% of those 55 years!
Feb 15th, 2019
Concerned P. from Colton, CA writes:
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I also agree with rehabilitating. My son is inncarcerated 25 yrs old pelican bay shu sentenced to 7 years fought his case for 2 years in county they had no witness or evidence open shut case but of course the d.a. wasnt breaking so my son who was on drugs at the time of his arrest was allowed to represent himself mind you this wasnt a murder or kidnap or molesting , what do all drug addict do look for money to buy drugs ..so he attempted to rob someone, he was arrested a buy that was a union worker making unbelievable money and drugs took him to another direction. So our court system instead of treating the problem (the drugs) that most likely caused the end result ( robbery ) they fought him for 2 years not once considering the drug issue but all the d.a. wanted was a conviction on a robbery which if he would of hung in there he would of won and the d.a. wouldnt of wasted 2 + years of taxpayer money..not saying my son is a angel but there is a big percentage of inmate young inmates that will change their ways and become a part of society if allowed to...instead like my son sent to prison ...heard the horror stories ...and has stood his ground to survive in there which in turn sends him into a higher security prison because he had a choice to make let those inmates know who he is and he can take care of himself or shut his mouth and let those inmates run him and end up being disrespected and humiliated and whatever else those guys do to inmates that cant protect themselves. My son did what he had to do to survive in what is known as our jails and now is in a 7-11 cell in pelican bay shu. Isolated from everything mentally trying to keep himself from loosing his mind and his neighbors are all lifers and murders that will never get out. So my son has to sleep in a position so that a inmate that will never get out doesnt put a rope around my sons neck while he is sleeping cause the inmate has nothing to loose hes never leaving and the only entertainment he has is killing again so another inmate dont try to get him his killings are status when you get to that level...so our system puts our troubled kids in prisons with killers where they have no choice but kill or be killed if they are confronted and now they (my son) becomes a lifer now for killing to save his own life..one question in my mind a segregated inmate is suppose to be segregated from other inmates cause he cant get along but at p.b. they can request to cell up and the other inmate cant refuse or fear retaliation so a murder can say i want to bunk up with jones and jones has to agree now 2 grown men one a killer the other a survivor are to live in a 7x11 cell no t.v. its the shu the hole ...and what the hell do you think is gonna happen one wont make it out of there. But why was the bunking allowed ..entertainment for the gaurds. Seg means locked up alone ...that is the prison life our kids end up in and are lucky if the come out of. All because moat of them had a drug problem that nobody addressed the bigger crime caused by the drugs was the priority but who cares its not the judges or d.a.s child...i bet theres wouldnt go through all this crap can you people imagine what these guys actually go through kill or be killed that is level 3 and 4 where just you standing up for your own rights well get you to our wonderful 3/4 correctional facilities they might as well fight chickens or dogs cause our people are getting set up to go to prison the same way..but its the inmates out of control...REALLY ...D.A/. JUDGE ID LIKE TO SEE YOU DO 30 DAYS WHERE MY SON IS GONNA DO 7...HE WILL LIVE AND HOPEFULLY MAKE IT OUT ..WOULD YOU
Jun 30th, 2018
Darlene C. from Farmington, MO writes:
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I agree 100% . My daughter is incarsirated a first time offender. Due to waiting in county for a year waiting for trial date then the time she has in prison she is losing her son. He is in dfs because we could not keep him . He's been in 3 years so he's getting adopted . They need to be rebilitatated not loose their kids and give up!!
Jun 18th, 2018
Someone from Tulsa, OK writes:
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I wonder how many first offenders of violent crime don’t remember their crimes due to drug use? My son first offense was on a week of drug and alcohol binge robbed a bank no weapon involved no one was hurt, he has done 8 years got out on parole went back in for violating parole due to alcohol he has long history of depression and other issues that go along with depression, he was doing great for awhile on parole held a job was doing good until alcohol depression creeps in he was overwelmed with all his fines he was paying on from years ago he just couldn’t cope! He deserves a second chance to get some decent drug and mental help NOT prison help!
May 5th, 2018
Rachel R. from Kansas City, MO writes:
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My husband was sentenced when he was 19 and he is 40 and still has 7 yrs. His crime was robbery with a gun in 2 counties at Convienece stores,he also robbed CD wearhouse, and stole a car. That is an over kill on sentencing. If some one, anyone can please help me get my husband home I would be greatful.
May 5th, 2018
Rachel R. from Kansas City, MO writes:
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My husband was sentenced when he was 19 and he is 40 and still has 7 yrs. His crime was robbery with a gun in 2 counties at Convienece stores,he also robbed CD wearhouse, and stole a car. That is an over kill on sentencing. If some one, anyone can please help me get my husband home I would be greatful.
Apr 24th, 2018
April T. from Chester, SC signed.
Feb 17th, 2018
Someone from Licking, MO writes:
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my husband is doing time for incest that is true but the other party started it then filed charges against him in other words she set him up because she didn't want nobody in his life but her she started it all and she basely raped him but not in the laws eyes. She clained she feared for her life but left her dads house then came back later is not fearing for your life. We can;t afford a decent lawyer and the public defender he had bailed out one week before he was sentenced and was given another lawyer but she forced him to take the plea and he waould only do up to six years which was all lies to get him to plead before talking to him missouri laws suck and if public defenders can't do the kob they need to let the inmates know before they go to court

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