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Prosecutors suggest ideas tied to prison population

Are too many people in Missouri prisons? The state association of prosecuting attorneys is not sure about that. Executive Director Jason Lamb says only one percent of state prisoners are non-violent offenders…

“My colleagues here are working very hard every day to make sure that only the people who are repeat and dangerous offenders are generally sent to prison,” Lamb says to Missourinet.

Platte County’s Eric Zahnd says drug, DWI, and mental health courts can save taxpayers the most money.

“In many counties, there’s for example no waiting list for a mental health court, because one doesn’t exist there,” Zahnd tells Missourinet. “We’d be better off if they existed.”

Missouri has more than 32,000 people in prison right now.


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