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MCADSV Attends Justice Reinvestment Public Meetings

Missouri is confronting a number of troubling trends in its criminal justice system that need to be addressed, including an uptick in violent crime, and the fast-growing female prison population in the country. 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—there is an opportunity to improve Missouri’s criminal justice response.

Justice reinvestment is a data-driven approach to reduce corrections spending and reinvest savings in strategies that can decrease recidivism and increase public safety. Chaired by Department of Corrections Director Precythe, the Missouri State Justice Reinvestment Task Force hearings began in July, and will continue through November and December, with the goal to develop policy options to be voted upon by the Task Force in December. These recommendations will be given to the Governor, and briefings will be developed for legislators and stakeholders by the beginning of the 2018 legislative session.

While there is an increase in the number of reported cases of rape and abuse in Missouri, with the exception of robberies, fewer violent crimes are resulting in arrests. This can be linked to law enforcement spending more time on incidents of non-violent offenses, specifically drug-related offenses. Arrests and jail-time cannot be used as effective crime deterrents for violence when violent crimes are resulting in less arrests. The Task Force is also reviewing options that will work to repair harm, so that victims of crime feel safe, have access to help, and better understand how the criminal justice system works.

MCADSV will continue to report on the Task Force as it progresses as we believe its work will help end rape and abuse
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