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Selective Incarceration Option Discussed
By missourinet.com
Published: 02/10/2011

State Chief Justice Ray Price has two messages of lawmakers in his State of the Judiciary address: the same messages he has delivered before.

Price, chief justice of the Missouri Supreme Court, tells a joint session of the legislature Missouri is throwing too many non-violent offenders into prison.

“We continue to over-incarcerate nonviolent offenders, while we have failed to expand drug courts and other diversionary and re-entry programs to capacity,” Price tells legislators. “The result is a state that is not as safe as we want it to be and a waste of taxpayer dollars.”

Price says that Missouri has tried to incarcerate its way out of crime and illegal drug use. Price says the state has been tough on crime, but not smart on crime. He points out that prison population has grown from 612,000 in 1982 to 2.3 million today.

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