Justice Reinvestment Task Force Proposes Policy Change

The Justice Reinvestment Task Force met for the final time this week. Andy Barbee of the Council of State Governments reviewed the findings of the six-month review of Missouri. Among them were that Missouri’s incarceration rate is the eighth highest in the nation, the Missouri female prison population is the fastest growing in the country, and the outcomes in Missouri’s probation and parole system are lackluster. He made a series of proposals to the task force that would make a proposed reinvestment of state money from $32.3 million in FY 2019 to $188.75 million in five years. He noted that if Missouri accepted the status quo and didn’t make changes, the costs would be $465 million in five years, which included $350 million for the cost of a new prison.