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July 6, 2015

Criminal Justice

Resource for Second Chance Coalition
NELP: Ready for a Fair Chance: Removing Barriers to Employment for People with Criminal Records

Next Criminal Justice Task Force Meeting

Wednesday March 11, 2015 @ 10:30-2:00pm
Empower Missouri Office, 606 E. Capitol Ave., Jefferson City, MO 65101
Call in Info: 712/432-1500 passcode: 167856# 

Meeting Minutes from February

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The Criminal Justice Task Force monitors the Missouri corrections system and the legislative process. It advocates well researched best practices to provide justice, safety and economic security for offenders, victims and communities.  


  1. Continue efforts to change state law, waiving the current lifetime ban on food stamp eligibility for Missourians with a drug felony record.
  2. Continue efforts to remedy problems of long term sentencing and unnecessary incarceration of non-violent offenders.
  3. Continue efforts to repeal the death penalty and seek alternatives thereto.
  4. Continue efforts to modify sex offender laws while being mindful of public safety.

Missouri Working Group on Sentencing & Corrections
Assisted by Pew Center on the States and
Justice Reinvestment Initiative, U.S. Dept. of Justice
Supported by Governor, Attorney General, Legislative Leaders
=>Press Coverage: Jefferson City News-Tribune
=>Press Coverage: St. Louis Post-Dispatch
=>Press Release: Governor's Office

Puppies for Parole

Puppies for Parole is a unique program of the Missouri Dept. of Corrections, made possible through its partnerships with animal shelters and animal advocate groups statewide. Selected offenders have the opportunity to become trainers to rescue dogs in the program. Offenders work with the dogs teaching them basic obedience skills and properly socializing the animals, making them more adoptable. Once the dogs have successfully completed the program they will be sent back to their original shelter to be placed up for adoption.

Missouri Supreme Court Chief Justice
William Ray Price, Jr.
Also Featured: Dept. of Corrections Director
George Lombardi




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