ACLU of Missouri

After 30 years, Missouri reforms HIV transmission criminalization law

BY: - August 5, 2021

Six years ago, college student Michael Johnson was sentenced to 30 years in prison by a St. Charles County judge for “recklessly exposing” his sexual partners to HIV. Five and a half years into that sentence, he was released in 2019 after outcry around his case brought a national spotlight to Missouri’s laws criminalizing HIV […]

Missouri public defenders set to hire 53 attorneys with extra funds in state budget

BY: - June 18, 2021

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, and often some of each of those characteristics,” Fox, the director of the state’s public defender system, told them.  “As warriors, we are the attorneys who are in court every […]

Missouri Republicans look to reinstate voter ID requirement

BY: - February 25, 2021

About 137,700 registered voters in Missouri did not have a state-issued identification in 2017, according to an analysis from the Secretary of State’s Office.  Another 140,000 voters had expired IDs, and 2,000 more voters had forfeited their driver’s licenses. Under a bill passed Wednesday in the Missouri House, those registered voters would either have to get […]

Federal judge denies ACLU request to halt Missouri eviction proceedings

BY: - November 25, 2020

A federal judge on Tuesday denied the ACLU’s request to halt eviction proceedings in Missouri courts for the next five weeks. The ACLU and ACLU of Missouri filed a federal lawsuit in late September on behalf of KC Tenants, a grassroots organization that advocates for safe and affordable housing. The suit claims that a Jackson […]

Missouri DOC, Corizon agree to spend $50 million to treat inmates with hepatitis C

BY: - October 29, 2020

Michael Postawko’s attorneys say he contracted hepatitis C at the Jefferson City Correctional Center in 2012. At first, he didn’t have any symptoms. But then two years later, he began experiencing chronic fatigue, fever and abdominal pain. While the prison medical staff provided him medication for his symptoms, they didn’t treat him for the virus, […]