The Missouri Sentencing Advisory Commission recently released their 2009 Biennial Report for the years 2007 and 2008. The Missouri Sentencing Advisory Commission (MOSAC) is an advisory body that works in conjunction with the Office of State Courts Administrator, the Missouri Department of Corrections, the Board of Probation and Parole, Circuit and Associate Judges, Prosecutors, Public Defenders, Defense Attorneys and the public. In 1994, the MOSAC was created to develop a system of recommended sentences and for the purposes of studying sentencing practices for disparities among the various circuit courts with respect to the length of sentences and use of probation.

From the 2009 Report, some interesting points to highlight:

  1. Average prison sentence for Taney County cases was 5.7 years for 2007-2009, compared with 4.9 years for 2005-2007.
  2. Taney County ranked in the top ten (10) of all Missouri counties for nonviolent crime conviction rates. Noviolent offenses include, drugs, driving while intoxicated and various other property crimes.
  3. 20.3% of all circuit cases in Taney County ended up with a prison sentence as the disposition.

For more information, please visit the Missouri Sentencing Advisory Commission at To download the complete 2009 biannual report please click below:

2009 MOSAC Report