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State lawmakers consider criminal justice reform bill

State lawmakers are considering a bill that could give some Missouri inmates a chance at a parole hearing.

House Bill 195 would allow a sentencing court to reduce a life sentence without parole to a life sentence with eligibility of parole.

It would require inmates to meet certain standards, including serving at least 25 years of their sentence. Inmates would also have to accept accountability for their crimes and make reasonable efforts toward rehabilitation.

Rep. Jim Neely (R) of Cameron sponsors the bill.

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