Shock Sentences in Missouri
By Matt Hackworth, KCUR
Kansas City, MO – Matt Hackworth of member station KCUR (in Kansas City) reports for NPR on Missouri's use of so-called 'shock sentences' for drug offenders convicted of non-violent crimes.
Instead of doing hard prison time, they are placed in a 120-day rehabilitation program, where they're given drug treatment and strict probation.
If they violate that probation, they're subject to longer prison sentences.
To hear Matt's story, which aired on NPR's Morning Edition, click here.