On Monday, February 26, Show-Me Institute Director of Government Accountability Patrick Tuohey testifies before the Missouri Senate Judiciary and Civil and Criminal Jurisprudence Commission on Senate Bill 748 and Mandatory Minimum Sentencing.
Incarceration rates are on the rise in Missouri, and with a larger prison population come growing costs for the state. According to the Missouri State Justice Reinvestment Task Force, if current incarceration trends continue, Missouri will have to build two brand new prisons in the next few years. The price tag to build and operate two new facilities will be $485 million over the next five years.
On Tuesday, September 26, Columbia College hosted the Show-Me Institute’s panel discussion on criminal justice reform, “Behind Bars in Missouri — Who is Paying the Price?” Panelists presented their thoughts on the state of affairs in Missouri and what reforms might address them. Panelists included: