Missouri lawmakers asked to approve more use of electronic shackles

Missouri lawmakers could save the state some money and still keep communities safe, if they would approve a bill allowing more use of electronic monitoring or shackling for people convicted of some nonviolent crimes.

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“It costs much less to keep somebody on home arrest than it does to incarcerate them in our Department of Corrections,” freshman Rep. Jay Barnes, R-Jefferson City, told members of the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday afternoon.

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