To the Citizens of Bates County,
Now is the time to began reminding the Governor and Missouri Lawmakers who they work for, and demand safer communities.
Sheriffs across the state have consistently argued that the “catch and release” program has not and does not work. Law Enforcement has continued to prove time and time again that these offenders are reoffending again and again while out on parole. We’ve asked that Missouri pass a Truth in Sentencing so that the Missouri Citizens know the truth about how much of a sentence an inmate actually does in prison. The Department of Corrections owes Missouri Counties millions of dollars for housing and tried to figure ways to get out of paying. They have already closed one prison and shifted the responsibility of housing convicted inmates to the Sheriffs, while many agencies struggle to pay Deputies a living wage and jailers even less.
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