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Nixon signs changes to Missouri sentencing laws

Friday, July 6, 2012 | 4:33 p.m. CDT

JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has signed legislation that could shorten the time some nonviolent offenders have to spend on probation or parole.

The legislation enacted Friday allows some nonviolent felony offenders to receive 30 days of credit toward their probation or parole sentences for every month they go without a violation.

Other parts of the law allow people who violate probation or parole to be sent to jail for a few hours or days, instead of undergoing a full-fledged revocation hearing. The law also allows 120-day "shock" sentences behind bars for nonviolent felons who violate probation or parole.

The bill incorporates some suggestions from a study conducted last year by Missouri officials in conjunction with the Pew Center on the States.


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