Justice Reinvestment in Missouri

In 2017, the CSG Justice Center embarked on a Justice Reinvestment approach in Missouri to help state leaders identify and address the most pressing criminal justice and behavioral health system challenges.

Violent crime in Missouri has risen in recent years, while arrests for these crimes have declined. At the same time, Missouri’s prison population continues to swell, driven mostly by admissions for supervision violations, many of which are technical violations, and admissions for prison-based behavioral health treatment, which research shows is less effective than community-based treatment. If the current rate of growth in Missouri’s prison population is not slowed, the state will need to build two new prison facilities by FY2021, which will cost nearly half a billion dollars in combined construction and operating costs.

To address these challenges, Missouri leaders requested and received support from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) and The Pew Charitable Trusts (Pew) in May 2017 to utilize a Justice Reinvestment approach to study the state’s criminal justice system, with intensive technical assistance from The Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center. The bipartisan Missouri State Justice Reinvestment Task Force—which included designees from all three branches of government and state and local criminal justice system stakeholders—was formed to support this work.

The task force worked with CSG Justice Center staff to review analyses and develop policy options to reduce violent crime, improve community-based treatment, reduce recidivism, and invest in strategies to increase public safety. Many of these policies are reflected in HB 1355, which was signed into law in June 2018.

This comprehensive Justice Reinvestment legislation aims to provide resources to local law enforcement to help reduce violent crime, increase community-based treatment for people in the criminal justice system who have substance addictions and mental illnesses, and increase support for victims, among other measures.

One of the things we know we have to do, we got to figure out how we take people who are incarcerated and how do we put them on the right path when they are released.
Missouri Governor Mike Parson
Justice Reinvestment in Missouri
In 2017, the CSG Justice Center embarked on a Justice Reinvestment approach in Missouri to help state leaders identify and address the most pressing criminal justice and behavioral health system challenges.

Key Staff


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Laura van der Lugt
Senior Policy Analyst, State Initiatives
Laura van der Lugt provides technical assistance to states implementing justice reinvestment legislation. She delivers content expertise in the areas of program evaluation and quality assurance, evidence-based practices, and supervision practices in both correctional facilities and the community. Before joining
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the CSG Justice Center, she was the director of Research and Innovation at the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department (SCSD) in Boston, Massachusetts, where she oversaw the development, management, and measurement of SCSD policy innovation and programmatic strategy. Prior to SCSD, she worked as the director of Evaluation and Learning at Roca Inc., a Massachusetts-based nonprofit organization. Laura began her applied research career in the Boston Police Commissioner’s Office of Research and Development, where she coordinated and managed the City of Boston’s federal Second Chance Act Adult Reentry Demonstration Project grant-related programming. Laura holds a BA in sociology from Bates College, an MA in criminology from the University of Pennsylvania, and a PhD in criminology and justice policy from Northeastern University.
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    Danieli Evans Peterman
    Senior Policy Analyst, State Initiatives
    Danieli Evans Peterman helps states use real-time data and analytics to improve their use of evidence-based practices and improve outcomes for people on community supervision. Prior to joining CSG, Danieli was a research scholar in law at the Justice Collaboratory
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    at Yale Law School—a research center that works with government agencies to institute practices that build public trust and legitimacy. Danieli is a PhD in Law candidate at Yale Law School, where her research focuses on the intersection of law and psychology. Danieli holds a B.A. from the University of Miami and a J.D. from Yale Law School (2012). After law school, Danieli served as a law clerk to the Honorable Diane P. Wood of the Seventh Circuit and the Honorable Harry T. Edwards of the D.C. Circuit. She practiced litigation at the law firm of Kellogg, Huber, Hansen, Todd, Evans & Figel, and then served as a senior fellow in constitutional studies at the National Constitution Center. Danieli has taught courses on policing and police-community relations for undergraduate and law school students.
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