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Chain Gangs Opposed

January 23, 1996
By: Jack Dolan
State Capital Bureau
Missouri Senate Committee hears opposition to the creation of chain gangs, Jack Dolan has the story.
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Dan Viets of the Missouri Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys calls the chain-gang bill a crass attempt to exploit public fear for political gain. He says the new law targets only nonviolent criminals and the punishment will humiliate, not rehabilitate them.

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OutCue: ...not predatory individuals."
Contents: These are people who have committed crimes, granted, but they are not violent and, for the most part, not predatory individuals.
St. Charles Senator Steve Ehlmann suggests humiliation might be the kind of deterrent Missouri's criminals need.

From Jefferson City, I'm Jack Dolan.