Jefferson City, Mo. -- (7/13/17) A task force was chosen to make changes to the Missouri Prison system. The task force put together by Governor Eric Greitens, is exploring many of the issues facing the state’s criminal justice system.
The state Corrections department has had a lot of cases reported that range from corruption to intimidation and harassment that have cost the state millions of dollars in settlements.
The task force is examining Missouri’s uptick in violent crime, the nation’s fastest growing female prison population, and an increasing number of people failing on probation and parole.
The prisons population increased by 6% between 2010 and 2015 and about half of all prison admissions were people being revoked from parole and probation.
Missouri's female inmate population increased by 3% between 2010 and 2015. This is projected to jump 15%. The majority of women in state prison in Missouri are typically admitted for nonviolent offenses.
During the same period, the male inmate population is expected to jump another 2%.
The state has an estimated 32,700 prisoners. Overall, Missouri has the nation’s 8th highest incarceration rate.
Missouri is striving to find solutions towards containing corrections spending and reinvesting in strategies that can reduce reoffending and increase public safety.