Criminal Justice

Case dismissed against Black Fayette student arrested in two late-night raids

FAYETTE, Mo. — Christopher Turner bowed his head as he waited in the front wooden bench of the Howard County courthouse. His elbows rested...

Missouri prison healthcare contract won by company accused of bid-rigging in...

The long-time contractor for medical services in Missouri’s prisons is protesting the state’s decision to award the business to a company that will charge...

Missouri public defenders set to hire 53 attorneys with extra funds...

Mary Fox stood before a room full of mostly law-school grads last week to make her case.  “Public defenders are typically warriors, activists or caretakers,...

Missouri lawmakers passed a host of reforms aimed at keeping kids...

Retired St. Louis Judge Evelyn Baker once sentenced a 16-year-old Black boy to 241 years in prison for two armed robberies.  No one was seriously...

‘Defund the police’ was designed to provoke a response. In Missouri,...

For years after the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, activists and community leaders have pushed to “re-envision public safety.”  Inspired in part by the...

Legislative gridlock on gambling puts ‘gray-market’ machines before Missouri courts

Despite a felony guilty verdict, a misdemeanor guilty plea and ongoing criminal cases in several counties, another year of legislative inaction means unregulated devices...

St. Louis once again set to debate surveillance accountability bill

The St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department is one of about a dozen departments nationwide that have a “real time crime center,” or a high-tech...

Cyberattack on meat giant JBS has industry looking to fortify defenses

A ransomware attack on the world’s largest meatpacking company this week drew attention to the need for more cybersecurity in agriculture. JBS plants across the...

Missouri Supreme Court gives split decision in corrections overtime case

Missouri prison guards who have waited almost three years to find out if they will receive a share of $114 million in overtime for...

Pending law to correct wrongful convictions could depend on Missouri attorney...

If Missouri’s elected prosecutors have evidence that a person has languished in prison for decades wrongfully, they don’t have the power to ask for...

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