A bill in the legislature could grant parole hearings for some prisoners originally sentenced to life with no chance of release. It’s part of a series of prison and sentence reform laws being considered by lawmakers in Jefferson City. To be eligible, the inmate must have served a minimum of 25 years behind bars and they must have had no previous violent crimes on their records. The parole board must also determine that the individual has made reasonable efforts toward rehabilitation. The bill is an attempt to lower the state’s prison population, which is currently the eighth largest in the country.