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Friday, April 16, 2010

Missouri Senate Passes Bill to Keep Some Non-Violent Offenders from Prison

Posted By on Fri, Apr 16, 2010 at 8:18 AM

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Perhaps senator Matt Bartle (R - Kansas City) is attempting to redeem himself after being voted "Ass Clown of the Week" back in February.

Back then Daily RFT readers didn't care much for Bartle's bill to outlaw nudity at Missouri strip clubs. That said, I would venture to guess that most our readers would support Bartle's SB1014, a bill passed by the Senate yesterday that would curb prison sentencing for non-violent offenders.

Bartle's bill looks to save the state about $26 million a year by requiring that people convicted for the first time of drug possession and other alcohol offenses not be sentenced to prison, but instead be required to attend drug court, placed on parole or serve time in county jails.

The bill also requires certain Class D felons, such as those convicted of passing bad checks and other fraud, to have two prior convictions before being sentenced to state prisons.

Bartle filed his bill back in February after the chief justice of the Missouri Supreme Court William Ray Price berated legislators about laws requiring non-violent offenders to serve prison terms.

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