Missouri

Missouri is confronting a number of troubling trends in its criminal justice system that need to be addressed, including an uptick in violent crime, a fast-growing female prison population, and a sizeable portion of prison admissions that are driven by failures on supervision.

To address these challenges, in May 2017, Missouri Governor Eric Greitens, then Chief Justice Patricia Breckenridge, Senate President Pro Tempore Ron Richard, and House Speaker Todd Richardson requested support from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) and The Pew Charitable Trusts (Pew) to utilize a justice reinvestment approach. BJA and Pew approved the request and asked The Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center to provide intensive technical assistance. Under the direction of the bipartisan Missouri State Justice Reinvestment Task Force—which includes designees from all three branches of government and state and local criminal justice system stakeholders—CSG Justice Center staff will collect and analyze data and engage people across the state’s criminal justice system.

With the assistance of CSG Justice Center staff, the Missouri State Justice Reinvestment Task Force will review the analyses and develop data-driven policy options focused on reducing spending on corrections and increasing public safety. Policy options will be available for the task force’s consideration in late 2017, and recommendations will likely be provided to the legislature for consideration in early 2018.

Publications & Presentations

Justice Reinvestment in Missouri: Policy Framework

Justice Reinvestment in Missouri: Policy Framework

The final report of the CSG Justice Center outlines policy recommendations developed in collaboration with the Missouri Justice Reinvestment Task Force. Among other things, these policies aim to reduce violent crime, increase the availability and effectiveness of community-based treatment for substance addiction and mental illnesses for people in the criminal justice system, and reduce recidivism.

Justice Reinvestment in Missouri: Fifth Presentation

Justice Reinvestment in Missouri: Fifth Presentation

The fifth presentation to the Missouri State Justice Reinvestment Task Force focuses on findings and policy recommendations related to behavioral health challenges in Missouri that pertain to people in the state’s criminal justice system. The presentation also includes final policy options for the task force to consider and act upon.

Justice Reinvestment in Missouri: Fourth Presentation

Justice Reinvestment in Missouri: Fourth Presentation

The fourth presentation to the Missouri State Justice Reinvestment Task Force focuses on findings and policy proposals related to jail population trends, the pretrial system, and approaches to reducing crime and recidivism in Missouri.