St. Louis Public Radio News
4:41 pm
Thu March 6, 2003

Mo. Prison Officials Look to Curb Population Growth

Jefferson City, MO. – Missouri's prison population has topped 30,000. The Department of Corrections says it wants to slow the growth rate by reducing the number of convicts who return.

The department is seeking proposals for community supervision centers. They would serve as a place to send some parole breakers, instead of locking them up again.

The centers would only be for those with technical probation or parole violations and not for those arrested for another crime.

Spokesman Tim Kniest calls the centers "halfway-in houses," as opposed the traditional halfway houses where people live during the transition from prison back to society.