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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:

Trump State of the Union Guest Matthew Charles and Advocates Will Host Press Conference at Missouri State Capitol to Urge the Passage of Sentencing Reform

Friday, March 22, 2019

Contact: Rabiah Burks, 202-822-6700 rburks@famm.org Trump State of the Union Guest Matthew Charles and Advocates Will Host Press Conference at Missouri State Capitol to Urge the Passage of Sentencing Reform JEFFERSON CITY – Criminal justice reform advocates and Matthew Charles, President Donald Trump’s State of the Union guest, will hold a press conference on Monday, March 25 … Read More

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FAMM Applauds Missouri House Passage of Criminal Justice Reform Bills

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Contact: Rabiah Burks, 202-822-6700 rburks@famm.org FAMM Applauds Missouri House Passage of Criminal Justice Reform Bills   Jefferson City, MO –FAMM Vice President of Policy Molly Gill issued the following statement applauding the Missouri House of Representatives for passing a sentencing reform bill, HB 113, introduced by Rep. Cody Smith (R-Carthage): “We applaud the House for setting … Read More

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FAMM Applauds Missouri House Special Committee on Criminal Justice for Passing Reform Legislation

Thursday, February 7, 2019

February 7, 2019 Contact: Rabiah Burks rburks@famm.org 202-822-6700 JEFFERSON CITY, MO – Today the Missouri House Special Committee on Criminal Justice passed two important criminal justice reform bills, HB 113 and HB 352. HB 113, sponsored by Rep. Cody Smith (R – Carthage), would grant judges flexibility to depart from the statutory minimum sentence or … Read More

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