Representative Shamed Dogan to Serve as Chair of Special Committee on Criminal Justice

State Representative Shamed Dogan will lead a newly-formed committee charged with exploring ways to reform Missouri’s criminal justice system. Dogan was selected by House Speaker Elijah Haahr to chair the Special Committee on Criminal Justice for the 100th General Assembly. During his time in office, Dogan has helped organize the legislature to petition former Governor Nixon to commute the sentence of a man who served more than 20 years of a life sentence for nonviolent marijuana offenses. Dogan said it was unconscionable for a man who posed no danger to society to spend his life in prison at taxpayer expense. Dogan said his committee will explore sentencing reforms that would save taxpayer dollars by providing nonviolent offenders with the treatment they need to avoid imprisonment. One of the first bills Dogan’s committee will consider would give judges additional flexibility in sentencing low-level, nonviolent offenders.

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