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Missouri has the 8th largest prison population in the country. Without sentencing reform and other reforms, the state will incarcerate almost 35,000 people and be forced to build two new prisons by 2021. Part of the growth in Missouri’s prison system is because judges are required to give people lengthy prison sentences and lack discretion to fit the punishment to the crime and the individual in many cases. FAMM supported sentencing reform and compassionate release reform in Missouri in 2018 and 2019.

Session Wrap-up: The 2019 legislative session ended on May 17, 2019. One sentencing reform bill passed into law: HB 192. All other bills FAMM supported (SB 8, HB 113, HB 352) died and did not pass into law. The next session of the Missouri legislature starts in January 2020.

Read our Summary of New Missouri Minimum Prison Terms Law (HB 192)

2019 Laws and Policy

How You Can Advocate for Sentencing Reform in Missouri

You can do several things to work toward reforming your Missouri’s sentencing laws.

Latest News:

FAMM Applauds Missouri Gov. Mike Parson for Signing Sentencing Reform Bill

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Contact: Rabiah Burks, 202-822-6700 rburks@famm.org FAMM Applauds Missouri Gov. Mike Parson for Signing Sentencing Reform Bill JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Today, Gov. Mike Parson signed HB 192, a sentencing reform bill passed by the Missouri legislature in May. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Bruce DeGroot (R-Chesterfield), prevents convictions for minor and nonviolent crimes from triggering the … Read More

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FAMM praises Missouri legislature for passing sentencing reform

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Contact: Rabiah Burks, 202-822-6700 rburks@famm.org    FAMM PRAISES MISSOURI LEGISLATURE FOR PASSING SENTENCING REFORM JEFFERSON CITY, MO – In a last-minute push to pass sentencing reform, the Missouri House of Representatives passed HB 192 on Monday by a vote of 138-11, sending the bill to Governor Mike Parson for signature and enactment into law. HB 192, sponsored … Read More

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Matthew Charles, bipartisan groups urge Missouri legislature to pass sentencing reform

Monday, March 25, 2019

Contact: Rabiah Burks, 202-822-6700 rburks@famm.org MATTHEW CHARLES, BIPARTISAN GROUPS URGE MISSOURI LEGISLATURE TO PASS SENTENCING REFORM JEFFERSON CITY, MO – Today, criminal justice reform advocates and Matthew Charles, the first beneficiary of the First Step Act, urged lawmakers at the Missouri State Capitol to pass meaningful sentencing reform this year. Charles served 21 years in federal prison for … Read More

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