The Missouri House approved a measure to no longer allow inmates to object to video conferencing for parole hearings and discontinue the in-person interview for offenders. The bill passed with a 114-33 vote will save the state money. The House Bill 2499 is now in the Senate awaiting a vote.
Puppies for Parolees is a Missouri state-wide program in which puppies from local shelters are donated to prisons to be trained by offenders for future work as service dogs and as family pets. The statewide program began as an experiment 15 years ago when Vandalia's prison officials were asked if they would allow their inmates to train service dogs. Although hesitant, the prison leadership agreed. The program had a profound impact on the inmates. Today, 19 of the 21 Missouri prisons participate and over 4,000 puppies have graduated from the program. A variety of more »
On Wednesday, June 19, seven dogs graduated from the Puppies for Parole program at the Missouri Eastern Correctional Center. Stray Rescue (a no-kill organization) provided the dogs to the inmates at the medium security prison to be trained for three months. The dogs were taught basic obedience and socialization skills by the inmates. It wasn't easy for the dogs. Abuse and neglect left them without social skills which allows them to function in the outside world but these dogs were eager to learn. Each dog has graduated and is now more »
Possible changes are in store for Missouri’s probation and parole system which could save the state millions of dollars and reduce the prison population by hundreds of inmate. The Missouri House committee is reviewing recommendations from a special state task force which include officials from the legislative, executive and judicial branches. The group said the recommendations are intended to improve public safety, hold offenders accountable and control costs. State Supreme Court Judge William Ray Price presented the recommendations to the House committee Wednesday said “The goal is to reform behavior more »