JEFFERSON CITY | Missouri Chief Justice William Ray Price is urging lawmakers to bolster efforts to fight crime without putting more people into prison.
In a speech Wednesday before a joint legislative session, Price said efforts to get tough on crime have been expensive and have not reduced crime.
He says putting more people in prison has created bottlenecks because the criminal justice system can't handle the number of people being arrested.
The chief justice urged lawmakers to expand special drug and drunken driving courts that focus on treatment. Price says the state's nonviolent offenders need to be rehabilitated, rather than jailed.