(Jefferson City) Missouri Corrections Department Director Anne Precythe says locking up criminals and throwing away the key does not solve the underlying problems.
She’s responding to the Council of State Governments suggesting more community treatment programs and community policing to help lower the state’s increasing prison population.
She says building another prison is not an efficient way of using taxpayer money.
Precythe says deterrence would help to keep people out of prison.
The state of Missouri has 21 correctional facilities with prisons locally in Bonne Terre, Farmington and Potosi.