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Reduce the 85% prison mandate terms for first time violent offenders.

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Missouri is an 85% mandate state on prison terms. Our prisons are supposed to be rehabilitation facilities. They are meant to rehabilitate the inmates to make them readjust them selves to society to be a better person. First time violent offenders should be given a second chance, when they show that they have completed the necessary programs to sustain a healthy and productive life on the outside. There are inmates that have been locked up since young adulthood. Parole boards hands are tied and they are not allowed to distinguish and give the ones credit for the good work that they do. Give credit where credit is due. Allow inmates to receive early release, and credit for their lifestyle changes while being incarcerated. After serving these long extreme sentences they become institutionalized and makes it hard for them to function in everyday life. Give them the opportunity to be a father, mother, son, daughter, husband, or wife again. Let prisons be rehabilitation centers and reduce the 85% mandate law. Give parole boards back the right to make decisions. After all they are the ones that sit down and talk to the inmates and know their situations. This will also reduce the costs tremendously being spent yearly to house these individuals. This will allow money to be spent for more important issues that we face today.

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Amber D. from Kansas City, MO signed.
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Ruth S. from Keysville, GA writes:
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I have a female family member in a prison camp for a white collar crime. Her first offense & she got 6 yrs. No excuses, she broke the law but as they continue to release violent offenders such as some drug offenders & terrorists I can't understand why so many non-violent inmates couldn't be released to house arrest with ankle monitor. As I visited her recently I saw so many mothers & grandmothers locked up that broke laws but are not a danger to the community.
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Khadijah B. from Saint Louis, MO writes:
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Diane T. Could you please give me the website so I can look into it please and thanks in advance
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Yvette H. from Saint Louis, MO signed.
January 7, 2017
Diane T. from Kirksville, MO writes:
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It states in there that the pro board has her hands tied I don't believe so as I found out with my son's cell mate he's been incarcerated for 31 years going on 32 for a crime that he committed by accident when he was a teenager. My son made a horrible mistake when he hurt a friend of his unknowingly but by the way the courts student and the media they crucified him and send him to 10 years and his cellmate was sentenced to life and his cellmate has done everything in the world to change and to prove he has changed . But because someone in the Senate and someone on the pro board has blocked his ever opportunity to be released from prison and if you're saying the proof pro boards hands are tied you need to look into that case deeply into that case because there was unfair justice in that case as well as in my sons case .there is a website that you can read that proves this case was unfair and unjust thank you
January 6, 2017
Akalola S. from Sacramento, CA writes:
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My husband is serving a sentence of 366 days in prison for marking 5 boxes that had 2 different meanings on 5 ATF forms. He made zero money on the transactions and there was no one harmed in anyway, but now he has 5 felonies to his otherwise spotless good name. It was simply a clerical misunderstanding on his part of the form. He never had so much as a driving ticket on his record, and has always been a productive law abiding citizen all his life diligently supporting law enforcement secured networks. He was beaten down financially and emotionally, and after 5 years of fighting these charges, (the govt has endless resources) one mistrial, one conviction, he accepted a "plea" deal for a year and a day incarceration in lieu of up to 5 years, just to end it. He is now spending his well earned retirement in a federal prison, losing his right to vote, freedom, and his life long passion hunting. He estimates 50% of the folks that are there are first time offenders, and most if not all of them were productive citizens with businesses, jobs and families. There are Construction workers, business owners, Doctors, pharmacists, etc. Some of these are highly educated folks that are now wasting their life in prison, cleaning toilets and sucking tax dollars. Now our federal tax dollars are being spent on caging them like animals, with poor health and dental care. My husband has been told to "buck it up" by the nurse when he has gone into the medical facility for help with his swollen knees/legs from his double knee replacement done several years ago (btw not at the expense of the federal gov), and has a heart condition. There have been inmates that have died in the facility because they were told to "buck it up" and wait until the dr comes in on Wednesday, which is only once a week for a very short time, for a facility that is supporting about 1500 inmates. I am fearful for my husband who is in his late 60s, for lack of medical attention. Please help send him home, he is not a threat to society.