A state commission looking at the ways criminals are sentenced recommends a big change. The Sentencing Advisory Commission suggests a new system of evaluating people who have been convicted or pleaded guilty, and making recommendations for appropraite punishment. Those recommendations could include fewer people going to prison. Supreme Court Judge Michael Wolff, the Commission Chairman, rejects hard and firm sentencing guidelines. He says sentences have to be different becuase each crime is different. The court system in Missouri has a year to put the new advisory program into effect.

Recommendations by Sentencing Advisory Commission (PDF)