When the annual two-week veto session opens on Sept. 15, state Sen. Walt Mueller Jr. (R-Kirkwood) will try to garner enough support from his colleagues to override Carnahan's rebuff.
Mueller says the transportation program will pay for itself by helping maintain family ties and thereby reducing the number of prisoners who return to jail. "It's been proven time and time again that when there is relationship between an inmate and his family the chances are great for a reduction in recidivism," Mueller says. "The cost of keeping a prisoner, in most cases, runs between $17,000-$22,000 a year. So you can see, if you stop one person from performing a (repeat) felony, which would give you up to five or 10 years, right away you've got your money back."