This week, the Justice Reinvestment Task Force held its fourth meeting, which focused on pretrial issues and the availability of jail beds. Statistics show that the jail population is up 50 percent between 2005 and 2015, and that people spend too much time in jail waiting for a court date. The presentation also focused on the more than $40 million the state spends per year to the reimburse county jails. The task force examined what Missouri can do to address these problems. The possible solutions included implementing a statewide pretrial risk assessment tool, and revamping the jail reimbursement process to make it more transparent, efficient, and public safety oriented.
The Justice Reinvestment Task Force was convened by Gov. Greitens in July to improve the criminal justice system, reduce the prison population and decrease recidivism. The task force, made up of 21 members, will hold its final meeting in December to present policy options.