Originally published as: Beth Huebner, "Time to Rethink Putting Probation Violators in Jail," St. Louis Post-Dispatch, November 13, 2019.
Missouri Gov. Mike Parson, with Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz, recently published an op-ed in Time magazine arguing for reform in the way we treat individuals who have violated probation. The Missouri Department of Corrections has made great strides in reducing the number of persons returned to prison for probation violations, but his solution is just one part of a larger problem.