Missouri House backs changes to parole system

Tuesday, March 6, 2012 | 2:18 p.m. CST; updated 3:55 p.m. CST, Tuesday, March 6, 2012

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — The Missouri House has given first-round approval to legislation that could shorten the sentences of some criminals who are placed on probation or parole.

Under the legislation, non-violent parolees or probationers would receive 30 days of credit toward their sentence for every month they go without a violation.

The bill would also allow for 120-day "shock" jail sentences for some felons who violate their probation or parole for the first time and shorter jail sentences for subsequent violations.

Sponsoring House Member Gary Fuhr, a Republican from St. Louis County, says the changes will help the state save money and reduce the number of people who commit crimes after they're released.

The House gave first-round approval to the proposal Tuesday. The Senate has endorsed its own version of the legislation.

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