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Court Moves Forward Class Action Challenging Unjust Parole Process for Missouri Juveniles Previously Sentenced to Death Behind Bars

A Missouri federal court has ruled in favor of plaintiffs who sued the Missouri Department of Corrections (MDOC), challenging the Parole Board’s disregard for the constitutional rights of youthful offenders. Learn More

MacArthur Justice Center’s Cutting-Edge Case Calling for Juvenile Offender Parole Standards Moves Forward

St. Louis, Missouri – In a victory for the rights of Missouri youthful offenders, a judge rejected the State’s motion to dismiss a suit brought by the Roderick and Solange MacArthur Justice Center of St. Louis (MJC-STL), alleging the Missouri Department of Corrections’ (MDOC) parole system violates the constitutional rights of defendants convicted while juveniles. Learn more

MacArthur Justice Center - St. Louis Celebrates 1st Anniversary

On Sunday, October 1, 2017, the MacArthur Justice Center’s St. Louis office celebrated it’s one year anniversary. Hosted at the UrbArts Gallery, surrounded by friends, clients, allies, volunteers and community members, we recognized our successes, remembered those for whom we are still fighting and recommitted ourselves to our mission and vision. Thank you to all who came out and spent the afternoon with us. There is surely more work to be done – and it could not be done without all of you.

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Missouri Prison Officials Sued For Punishing Inmates Who Seek to Disclose Misconduct; Speak to Lawyers

The Roderick and Solange MacArthur Justice Center (MJC) filed suit on behalf of Missouri inmates retaliated against for accessing the prison grievance process, conferring with counsel regarding conditions of their confinement, and pursuing legal action to protect their constitutional rights. The suit seeks damages, as well as equitable relief, for the plaintiffs, all of whom are clients of the MacArthur Justice Center.

The civil suit filed in St. Louis County Circuit Court, Smith v. Sachse, sets forth state and federal constitutional violations that include Missouri Department of Corrections (MDOC) officials searching the cells of inmates who seek to file complaints against prison officials, moving prisoners without any prior notice to far-flung facilities as a form of punishment, and failing to provide inmates with confidential spaces for legal visits and telephone calls. Learn more

MacArthur Justice Center Stands with St. Louis Protesters - Both in the Streets and in the Courts - Until Justice is Served

Clearly nothing was learned from the Ferguson uprising.

As the St. Louis community continues to protest MSPD officer Jason Stockley’s not guilty verdict - and the acceptance of state-sponsored racial bias and violence that it exemplifies - police have again become militarized forces intent on criminalizing and punishing dissent.

But as long as law enforcement seeks to trample on the free speech rights of peaceful protesters, MacArthur Justice Centers will stand steadfast with protesters – both in the streets and in the courts – until justice is served.

There can be no peace where there is injustice. Remaining silent in the face of further targeted police violence is not being peaceful. It is being complicit.

MacArthur Justice Center - St. Louis Office: 314-254-8540

MacArthur Justice Center Takes Missouri Prison and Parole System to Task Again - Sues Over State's Failure to Provide Process or Lawyers Before Revoking Parole

The MacArthur Justice Center at St. Louis (MJC-STL) filed a federal class action lawsuit yesterday in the Western District of Missouri, alleging the Missouri Department of Corrections (MDOC) and its Division of Probation and Parole (Parole Board) have been ignoring decades-old constitutional standards in conducting parole revocation proceedings.  In doing so MDOC and the Parole Board have been unlawfully re-incarcerating thousands of people each year.  Learn more.


St. Louis Public Radio

Parole anything but certain for juvenile lifers a year after Missouri changed law

When Norman Brown was 15, he served as a decoy while a man twice his age robbed a store and fatally shot its owner. Brown received life without parole for first-degree murder even though he wasn’t the shooter. CAROLINA HIDALGO | ST. LOUIS PUBLIC RADIO

There are about 100 inmates in Missouri who were told as teenagers they would die behind bars for murder. All of them are now eligible for parole after serving 25 years due to two U.S. Supreme Court decisions and a change in state law. Learn more.


World Health Organization

Class Action Certified Against MDOC for Denial of Care for Detainees with Chronic Hep C

A federal judge has certified that a Roderick and Solange MacArthur Justice Center – St. Louis (MJC-STL) and the ACLU of Missouri (ACLU) lawsuit challenging the Missouri Department of Corrections’ (MDOC) systematic denial of medication to inmates with chronic Hepatitis C (HCV) can move forward as a class action.

At least 10 to 15 percent of the population under the supervision, care, and custody of the Missouri Department of Corrections is infected with HCV. Although the exact number of hepatitis C-positive inmates is unknown due to a lack of routine testing, recent data showed that only 0.11 percent of inmates with HCV are actually receiving treatment. Even by a conservative estimate, there are likely at least 2,000 members of the class. Learn more.


MacArthur Justice Center Sues St. Louis City Officials For Ignoring Request For Public Records Related to Arrest and Prosecution of Peaceful Protesters

The Roderick and Solange MacArthur Justice Center (MJC) has sued the City of St. Louis for its failure to provide records relating to various policies and practices of the St. Louis City Municipal Court.

The lawsuit, filed yesterday in the Circuit Court for the City of St. Louis, claims that City officials have refused to turn over a single document to explain, among other things, why protesters are arrested in the City rather than provided citations, how it goes about setting bail in such matters, and what happens with fines and fees collected in such cases. The suit names as defendants the City of St. Louis, City of St. Louis Municipal Court, St. Louis City Counselor’s Office, and St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department. Through the action, MJC seeks the production of public records, and sanctions against the City for its knowing or purposeful failure to turn over the public records. Learn more.


MacArthur Justice Center Sues St. Louis City Officials For Stonewalling After Another Workhouse Death

The Roderick and Solange MacArthur Justice Center (MJC) has sued the City of St. Louis for its failure to provide records and reports relating to the mysterious death of Justin Ratcliff, a detainee who died at the City Department of Corrections’ Medium Security Institution - better known as “the Workhouse” – in December 2016.

For months MJC has made requests under Missouri’s Sunshine Law to obtain incident reports from the jail, internal investigations documents, the medical examiner’s records, and the death certificate. Other than turning over a single police report that raises more questions than it answers, however, the City of St. Louis has disregarded MJC’s repeated requests while also acknowledging additional materials exist. Thus, the group filed suit today in the St. Louis City Circuit Court to obtain the materials and sanctions. Learn more.


MacArthur Justice Center Calls Out Missouri Parole Board for Sidestepping Responsibilities in Favor of "Parole Bingo" and Calls on Governor to Take Immediate Action

 The Roderick and Solange MacArthur Justice Center at St. Louis is calling on Governor Eric Greitens to take immediate action to meaningfully reform the Missouri Board of Probation and Parole, starting with the removal of appointed Board member Don Ruzicka, who has turned countless parole release hearings into games for his own enjoyment rather than proceedings concerned with accountability and justice. Learn more about why we and our allies are calling for immediate action. Learn more


MacArthur Justice Center Challenges Arbitrary Practices of Missouri Parole Board that Fail to Remedy Unlawful Death Behind Bars Sentences for Children

The MacArthur Justice Center at St. Louis filed a federal lawsuit today challenging the Missouri Department of Corrections’ (MDOC) blatant disregard for constitutional rights of youthful offenders entitled to a meaningful opportunity for release under a recent series of United States Supreme Court decisions. Learn more


MacArthur Justice Center and Allies Sue Missouri Over Disastrous Public Defender System

Missouri fails to provide adequate legal representation to tens of thousands every year, resulting in unnecessary jail time, forced pleas , and other injustices. Learn more about why we and our allies are suing here


 Hold the Line, Resist, Push Back!

The Roderick and Solange MacArthur Justice Center at St. Louis stands committed to tackling the pressing issues of our time. We do so, when the need arises, standing shoulder to shoulder in protest with our brothers and sisters engaged in the fight for a better St. Louis and a better America. 


Opportunities

The MacArthur Justice Center at St. Louis (MJC-STL) is not only committed to providing quality legal representation to those who need it most, but also to training and empowering emerging advocates. Learn about current opportunities.

Opportunities

 The MacArthur Justice Center at St. Louis (MJC-STL) is not only committed to providing quality legal representation to those who need it most, but also to training and empowering emerging advocates. Learn about current opportunities. 

About the MacArthur Justice Center at St. Louis

The Roderick and Solange MacArthur Justice Center is one of the premier civil rights law firms in the United States with offices in Chicago, New Orleans and Oxford, Miss.  In July 2016, the MacArthur Justice Center opened an office in St. Louis.

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