The Missouri Sentencing Advisory Commission (MOSAC) purpose as stated in the 1998 Recommended Sentencing Guidelines Users Manual is to:
In 2003, significant changes were made to the Commission's authorizing statute, Section 558.019.6, RSMo requiring the Commission to study alternative sentences, prison work programs, work release, home-based incarceration, probation and parole options and any other programs and report the feasibility of these options in Missouri. The Commission released a report in June 2004, Report on Recommended Sentencing.
Building upon the work of the previous MOSAC, the report stipulated that the Commission's goal was to achieve a sentencing system that is fair, protects the public and uses corrections resources wisely. The new advisory sentences are based on current sentencing and corrections practices. They provide:
The commission is to release a report every two years.