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

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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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10 hours ago
Someone from Clyde, MO writes:
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This should change in kansas too. My husband is in leavenworth ks. He got 7 years. He is doing every program available and has change his attitude and ways. Would love to see this drop. We should be trying to help inmates be better citizens and not just keep them for long periods of time. Sometimes the punishment does not fit the crime.
Oct 12th, 2017
Someone from Mountain Home, AR writes:
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My daughter is at Vandalia, under a plea bargain sentence of 85% of 15 years. The agreement has been broken more than once by the state. She was forced to court on sentencing of the other person involved, although the agreement was based on not doing so. Vandalia is known for the unfair treatment of inmates and for lack of good medical care....even for life-threatening illnesses. It appears that no one is granted early release. If a woman has no infractions, a new "rule" will suddenly appear or a simple, normal thing will be blown up so they get an infraction. Rooms are all overcrowded and early releases would help that big problem.
Oct 4th, 2017
Someone from Saint Louis, MO writes:
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"My wife is in CCC and is serving 10 years at 85%, she has most of her time in but we keep hearing about the 85% dropping to 66%. It there any truth in that at all and what website can I go to that will give me more info." Will someone please help us know whats going on!
Sep 23rd, 2017
Sarah M. from Saint Louis, MO writes:
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My husband is in Bowling Green Missouri prison for a murder crime he never committed. He is way past his 85% and he is still there and I don't understand why he got 13 years please someone help us
Sep 17th, 2017
Someone from Evanston, WY signed.
Aug 12th, 2017
Jackqueline H. from Petersburg, VA writes:
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I would appreciate it if my sons case could be re-evaluated and this 85% be applied to his case. He is in Missouri Department Of Corrections doing 15 Years, not eligible for parole until he has done 85% of this time. His name is Tyrone M. Glaze. I would like to know what else I can do to help get my son released. Would appreciate any information you can provide.
Aug 10th, 2017
Someone from Kansas City, MO writes:
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I agree the 85% should go away because it's extremely expensive to house inmates for long-term. We don't spend enough money on prevention and intervention . Once inmates are in the system it becomes a cycle of financial burden for the family and friends with the purchase of the following: food, clothes , shoes, tv, cd, phone time and visitation. No skills give them work skill and living skills and money management .
Aug 10th, 2017
Someone from Kansas City, MO writes:
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I agree the 85% should go away because it's extremely expensive to house inmates for long-term. We don't spend enough money on prevention and intervention . Once inmates are in the system it becomes a cycle of financial burden for the family and friends with the purchase of the following: food, clothes , shoes, tv, cd, phone time and visitation. No skills give them work skill and living skills and money management .
Jul 31st, 2017
Jasmine C. from Saint Louis, MO signed.
Jul 24th, 2017
Amber D. from Kansas City, MO signed.
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