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bullet   Missouri Leads Nation in Reducing Prison Populations (June 25, 2008)

bullet   Recommended Sentences Reduces Recidivism Rates (October 15, 2007)


The Sentencing Advisory Commission has launched Smart Sentencing to keep judicial decision-makers current as to the latest information related to sentencing practices and their impacts.

bullet  Volume 2, Issue 5, August 17, 2010: This bulletin shows two features on the MOSAC web sentencing information application: 1.) What is the likelihood, under different sentencing options, that an offender with a specific prior criminal history who commits a specific offense will be reincarcerated? 2.) How much would each sentence option cost the state?
bullet  Volume 2, Issue 4, April 13, 2010: This bulletin reprints a memorandum written by Judge Gary Oxenhandler, presiding judge of the 13th Judicial Circuit (Boone and Callaway counties), to the judges in his circuit about a program he recently attended that explained the principles and practices of evidence-based sentencing.
bullet  Volume 2, Issue 3, March 18, 2010: This bulletin provides information about the percentage of first-time felony nonviolent offenders incarcerated in the state's prisons.
bullet  Volume 2, Issue 2, February 4, 2010: This bulletin provides an excerpt from Chief Justice William Ray Price's State of Judiciary speech about the overuse of prisons for nonviolent offenders.
  Volume 2, Issue 1, January 26, 2010: This bulletin highlights some key findings of the Missouri Sentencing Commission's 2009 Biennial Report.
bullet  Volume 1, Issue 5, October 15, 2009: This bulletin examines the relationship between risk levels, recidivism rates and offense severity of youth committed to the Division of Youth Services.
bullet  Volume 1, Issue 4, July 20, 2009: This bulletin discusses the association between substance abuse and recidivism with a focus on the positive impact that drug court and community drug treatment, particularly following institutional treatment, has on the recidivism rate.
bullet  Volume 1, Issue 3, June 3, 2009: This bulletin examines the effectiveness of community supervision on reducing non-violent offenders' likelihood of recidivating.
bullet  Volume 1, Issue 2,  May 5, 2009: This bulletin reviews trends in incarceration rates of non-violent offenders and the impact of Truth-in-Sentencing legislation on incarceration rate.
bullet  Volume 1, Issue 1, April  15, 2009 : This bulletin highlights the findings of the Pew Center about incarceration rates for both Missouri and the United States.


bullet   States Getting Serious About Prisoner Reentry (July 21, 2008)
bullet   Missouri's Information - Based Discretionary Sentencing System (Fall 2006)