After four years of work, a committee set up by the Missouri Bar is ready to ask lawmakers to update the state’s criminal code for the first time since 1979, reports the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. The most significant change would be the addition of a fifth felony class that would close a gap for sentencing standards between Class B and Class C felonies. A new Class C felony, with a sentencing range of three to 10 years, would be created, and each crime would be assigned a new designation to reflect the change.
The Bar is also suggesting updates to the amount of fines for certain offenses, which have not been changed in 30 years. The Bar committee consisted of prosecutors, defense attorneys and representatives from the judiciary and the Legislature.