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.