Department of Corrections

New law creates prison nursery program in Missouri

BY: - July 1, 2022

The Missouri Department of Corrections is required to establish a nursery within a women’s prison by July 2025 under legislation signed into law Friday by Gov. Mike Parson.  On the final day of session, Missouri  lawmakers approved a bill that included provisions creating the “Correctional Center Nursery Program.” Lawmakers also added $495,000 to the Department […]

Missouri to spend more than $100M settling pay claims for corrections officers

BY: - June 2, 2022

Missouri corrections officers would receive a back pay settlement and future payments worth more than $100 million under an agreement to end a long-running claim the Department of Corrections was underpaying officers.  Under the proposed settlement, the corrections department does not admit any wrongdoing but accepts that the payments are reasonable considering the likely result […]

Bill to create prison nursery clears Missouri legislature on final day of session

BY: - May 13, 2022

Infants born to women in prison may soon get to remain with their mothers for their first 18 months, under a bill on its way to Gov. Mike Parson’s desk. The bill would direct the Missouri Department of Corrections to establish a nursery within a women’s correctional facility by July 2025. It gained bipartisan support […]

Missouri offering $49.5M to settle overtime claims for corrections officers

BY: - April 20, 2022

Missouri is offering Department of Corrections employees routinely shorted on their pay a $49.5 million settlement to drop a lawsuit scheduled for trial in June. The Senate Appropriations Committee approved the money Tuesday as a budget amendment from Gov. Mike Parson’s administration. The budget will also include ongoing funds to pay officers for the time […]

House grants initial approval to bill that would allow prison nurseries in Missouri

BY: - March 2, 2022

The House gave initial approval Wednesday to a bill that would allow newborns to remain with their incarcerated mothers for the first year-and-a-half of the baby’s life. The bill would permit the Missouri Department of Corrections to establish nurseries within the state’s correctional facilities, allowing children born to incarcerated women to stay with their mothers […]

Corizon loses challenge to Missouri prisoner medical care contract award

BY: - November 4, 2021

The company providing health care to state prisoners failed to prove a competitor misled state purchasing officers to win the $1.4 billion contract, Cole County Circuit Judge Daniel Green ruled Thursday. Corizon Health, which has been the state’s vendor for prisoner medical needs since 1992, accused the state Purchasing Division of giving the contract to […]

No need to start again on Missouri prison health contract, state tells judge as trial begins

BY: - November 3, 2021

The company fighting in court to hold onto Missouri’s prison health care contract targets “puffery” language of little meaning to show a competitor misled the state, an assistant attorney general said Wednesday as a trial began in Jefferson City. Corizon Health, which has held the contract since 1992, zeroed in on statements about the stability […]

Trial set to begin in dispute over $1.4 billion Missouri prison health care contract

BY: - November 3, 2021

As both sides of a dispute over Missouri’s $1.4 billion prison health care contract prepare to face off in court Wednesday, the current provider is being accused of bad faith in its lawsuit seeking to hold on to the contract. Long-term contractor Corizon Health is accusing the winning bidder, Centurion Health, of failing to disclose […]

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Study: Higher COVID rates seen in Missouri counties housing large prison populations

BY: - October 25, 2021

Since the Delta variant of the coronavirus took hold at the beginning of June, almost a quarter million Missourians have tested positive for COVID-19. In Missouri’s 22 prisons, the Delta surge had very different impacts, depending on whether the facility receives new inmates directly from county jails. Four do, and saw additional cases in numbers […]

Turned away from visiting prison, lawmakers voice concerns about spate of inmate deaths

BY: - October 7, 2021

As Missouri was preparing on Tuesday to execute Ernest Johnson, whose legal push for clemency had garnered national headlines, a pair of St. Louis lawmakers arrived at the prison focused on the deaths of prisoners whose names had not made the news. State Reps. Kimberly-Ann Collins and Marlon Anderson, both Democrats, had grown concerned about […]

Judge orders no change – for now – in Missouri’s prisoner health care contractor

BY: - September 7, 2021

Work to bring a new contractor for prisoner health care services online in Missouri can continue but the actual transition from Corizon, the current provider, won’t occur until at least early November, Cole County Circuit Judge Daniel Green ordered Tuesday. Green issued a temporary restraining order blocking the state from canceling its contract with Corizon […]

November trial set for lawsuit challenging $1.4 billion Missouri prison health care contract

BY: - September 2, 2021

A trial will be held in early November to determine whether a subsidiary of St. Louis-based Centene will take over the contract for prison health care in the Missouri Department of Corrections. In a hearing Thursday, Cole County Circuit Judge Daniel Green set Nov. 3 as the first day in the trial where current provider […]