Criminal Justice

Prosecutors try to keep people out of pandemic-clogged courts through diversion...

When Julia Fogelberg was a public defender in St. Louis County, she saw how the criminal justice system could often do more harm than...

Why did Fayette police raid a Black student’s house twice late...

It was 8:30 p.m. on Halloween night, and Christopher Turner Jr. and his girlfriend had just gotten home from a Central Methodist University football...

Missouri bills seek to shield drivers who hit protesters

Reacting to a summer marked by protests against police violence around the country, a pair of Missouri lawmakers are pushing for legislation shielding drivers...

Medical marijuana subpoena may have been connected to Independence FBI probe

The head of Missouri’s medical marijuana program testified under oath that a grand jury subpoena his agency received late last year was likely connected...

Howard County Jail closed as COVID outbreak hits sheriff, inmates

An entire jail in central Missouri is empty today due to a COVID-19 outbreak among inmates and staff. The Howard County Sheriff’s Department closed Saturday...

Missouri lawmakers file bills to improve access to HIV treatment, reduce...

The first step for a person to receive care for HIV is knowing whether they have it. But under a Missouri law passed in...

Five years after Ferguson report, some say progress has come too...

Like so many around the country, Dr. L.J. Punch was glued to the television on the night of Nov. 24, 2014. That night, the country...

To prevent abuse at religious schools, Missouri lawmakers recommend new regulations

In order to improve safety and understand the scope of unlicensed youth residential facilities throughout Missouri, lawmakers are recommending every facility be registered, background...

Q&A with Cori Bush, Missouri’s first black Congresswoman

Congresswoman-elect Cori Bush has told the same story ever since her first campaign in 2016. At one point in her life, she was a working...

Police chokeholds, no-knock warrants spark debate in Missouri House committee

As state lawmakers mull the idea of restricting police use of chokeholds or no-knock warrants, they are facing pushback from law enforcement organizations who...

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