Missouri’s prison population is headed toward 30,000. The state has another 65,000 people in other forms of custody. State Corrections Director Gary Kempker says it seems to be a situation resulting from public sentiment. Kempker says it is part of the “get tough on crime” attitude that emerged in the 90s and resulted in longer prison sentences for a variety of offenses. He says Missouri gets about 46 new prison inmates every day and about 43 others go home. It works out to a gain of about 100 prisoners a month going into our state prison system.