Recently the Department of Corrections, at the insistence Attorney General Kris Koster’s office, amended its policy regarding calculating parole eligibility for certain offenders who assaulted law enforcement officers in the late 1990s or early 2000s.

When Koster learned that this was happening, he sent a letter to the Department explaining that he disagreed with their interpretation of the law and urging them to change their policy to ensure that criminals who attack law enforcement officers are required to serve at least 85% of their sentences, like any other dangerous felon. The Department has now officially adopted his interpretation. As a result, offenders who previously were being improperly scheduled for early parole hearings will have to serve at least 85% of their sentences before becoming eligible for release. As Attorney General, supporting Missouri’s law enforcement officers has always been Koster’s top priority.