Missouri panel enhances guidance on criminal sentencing

Thursday, August 19, 2010 | 7:06 a.m. CDT

JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri judges are getting more information to consult when they decide on sentences for criminal offenders.

Missouri does not have strict sentencing guidelines. But the Missouri Sentencing Advisory Commission, created by a state law, publishes a guide to recommended sentences based on actual practices by trial judges around the state.

The commission has now added information on the costs of incarceration, probation and enhanced probation and the likelihood that person convicted of a certain crime will someday go back to prison.

For example, the enhanced information shows prison costs $16,823 per year, probation $1,354 annually and enhanced probation $1,792.

The information is designed to help judges, prosecutors and probation officers decide on appropriate sentences.


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