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More than 80 Missourians are serving sentences of life without parole that the U.S. Supreme Court says are unconstitutional because they were juveniles at the time of their crime.

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The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a lawsuit against Morgan County. The suit alleges that Morgan County officials are violating people's constitutional rights by confiscating mail sent to jail detainees.

The Jefferson City News-Tribune reports that the St. Louis-based ACLU of Eastern Missouri filed the federal lawsuit last week and asked a judge to certify the case as a class action. The ACLU also is seeking a preliminary injunction.

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Missouri sheriffs say the state isn't paying them enough to cover the cost of housing state prisoners.

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Relatives are outraged that authorities freed a Missouri man sentenced to more than 200 years in prison for killing a 16-year-old girl execution-style and wounding two others.

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It’s been less than one week since Shakir Hamoodi – a Columbia businessman – had to leave his community and start his 3-year prison sentence. 

A Columbia grocer convicted of violating federal sanctions against Iraq by sending money overseas is preparing to start a three-year prison sentence later this month.

Stories from prison: roar!

May 15, 2012
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In Missouri state prisons, about 60 percent of inmates have kids. That's 18,000 moms and dads behind bars – and tens of thousands of kids on the other side. To help those parents and kids connect, volunteers make their way through the metal detectors at Missouri state prisons with big tubs of blank tapes and CDs, stamped envelopes, and lots of children's books. 

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Missouri House members have approved legislation that supporters hope will reduce lawsuits stemming from suicides by inmates at jails and prisons.

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Democrat State Senator Joe Keaveny introduced Senate Bill 786 Monday, which would require state auditors to compare the cost of the death penalty with other sentences.

Newscast for January 19, 2012

Jan 19, 2012

Regional news from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • Missouri gets 'F' for tobacco control policies, in new report from American Lung Association
  • FDA challenging the use of antibiotics in animals

  • MO chief justice wants to shrink prison