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Mo. sentencing project gets backing from officials

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Top officials from Missouri's executive, legislative and judicial branches are joining forces for a new effort that could reduce costs in Missouri's criminal justice system.

The lineup for a Wednesday news conference about Missouri's public safety efforts features Gov. Jay Nixon, Attorney General Chris Koster, Supreme Court Judge William Ray Price Jr., state Senate President Pro Tem Rob Mayer, House Speaker Steven Tilley and Department of Corrections Director George Lombardi.

The Associated Press reported last month that state officials were backing an effort to analyze and revamp Missouri's criminal sentencing practices. The effort ultimately could divert more offenders to enhanced probation and treatment programs, instead of more costly prison terms.

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