Blog Posts in April, 2014

Justice Department Announces New Rules, Makes More Drug Offenders Eligible for Clemency

On Wednesday April, 23 rd, the U.S. Department of Justice announced new rules that can allow more non-violent drug offenders serving sentences for federal crimes to apply for clemency. The ...
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Missouri Executes 6 Inmates in 6 Months

The state of Missouri has been thrust into the national spotlight for policies regarding the use of the death penalty – and more specifically its frequent and rapidly increasing use. In the past ...
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Understanding Criminal Expungements in Missouri

The American criminal justice system is not designed to merely punish individuals convicted of crimes. It is intended to rehabilitate offenders and to promote productive, law-abiding lives. One of the ...
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Breastfeeding Mothers Now Exempt from Missouri's Indecent Exposure Law

Early this month, Governor Jay Nixon signed House Bill 1320 into law, expanding the rights of Missouri mothers. The bill has two main parts. First, it exempts breastfeeding mothers from jury duty. ...
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Video of St. Louis Police Raises Questions About Law Enforcement Interaction with Mentally Ill

Last week, a video showing two St. Louis police officers striking a mentally ill man went viral, and has since sparked widespread attention. The video is also raising previously posed questions about ...
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