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April 18, 2014

Criminal Justice

Next Task Force Meeting

Wednesday, April 9 @ 10:30 am -- Advocacy Day
Capitol Building
Hearing Room 2
Jefferson City, MO

Meeting Minutes from February

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The Missouri Association for Social Welfare
Criminal Justice Task Force
Legislation Updates- May 2013

HOUSE BILLS:

HB 210:  Criminal Code Revisions ( Sponsor: Rep. Cox)

 HB296: The Good Samaritan Law ( Sponsor: Rep. Spencer)

 HB443:  Establishes a pilot program to increase the visitation rights of children with incarcerated parents. ( Sponsor: Rep. Hubbard)

HB 589:  Changes the law regarding sexual offender registration ( Sponsor: Rep. Hinson)

HB 511, 220: Allows for Expungement of certain criminal records ( Sponsor: Rep. Ellinger, May)

HB 752, HB 753: Changes the laws around Mandatory Minimums ( Sponsor: Ellinger)

HB 419: Long Term Sentencing Review ( Sponsor: Rep. Hubbard)

HB838: Food Stamp Ban Opt Out Bill ( Sponsor: Rep. Weiland)

SENATE BILLS:

   SB: 61: Comparing Costs of DP cases ( Sponsor: Sen. Keaveny)

   SB 310: Changes the laws regarding expungement of records ( Sponsor: Sen. Nasheed)

SB346: Modifies Food Stamp Benefits ( Sponsor: Sen. Curls)

SB253: Criminal Code Revisions ( Sponsor: Sen. Justus)

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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.  

Goals for 2013

  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
A TOP PRIORITY OF MASW!
=>Press Coverage: Jefferson City News-Tribune
=>Press Coverage: St. Louis Post-Dispatch
=>Press Release: Governor's Office

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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

 

 

Updated04/02/2012

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