Thursday, November 30, 2017
MO Problems: Prison Industrial Complex Doubles Missouri County Jail Population
Quick fact check on life in the lock-up without the insight or fun quips of Orange Is The New Black . . .
Missourinet: Missouri’s county jails double in population in seven years time
This not-so-fun-fact should offer some perspective on enduring Jackson County problems.
"The length of stay of each offender is a major contributor to today’s rising jail populations in Missouri. The CSG’s research says Missourians in jail for felonies spend an average of 191 days behind bars before they’re sentenced."
Part of the problem: "The Missouri Public Defender System has been woefully underfunded and has lacked attorneys for years. Public defenders lack the time to adequately manage their cases, often leading to their clients spending additional time in jail."
Solutions include "cite and release" for lower offenses and possibly a tacit admission that the drug war is a lost cause.
Developing . . .