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MacArthur Justice Center St. Louis Turns 1 Year Old!

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.

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.

MacArthur Justice Center Statement on St. Louis Protests Following Jason Stockley’s not guilty verdict

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

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.

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

St. Louis Public Radio coverage of the Missouri parole system's disregard of offenders who were sentenced as juveniles and are now entitled to a meaningful opportunity for release under a recent series of United States Supreme Court decisions. Article features coverage of MacArthur Justice Center's lawsuit and input from St. Louis Director Mae Quinn.

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

MJC-STL lawsuit cites concerns over lack of transparency in policing, prosecution, and processing of St. Louis City Municipal Court matters. 

Class Action Certified Against Missouri Department of Corrections for Denial of Care for Detainees with Chronic Hepatitis C

A federal judge has certified that a 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.

St. Louis American: MJC-STL Suit Claims Interfering with an Officer Law is Unconstitutional

The St. Louis American reports on the MacArthur Justice Center at St. Louis's and American Civil Liberties Union of Missouri's Amici Curiae brief regarding St. Louis County's "interfering with an officer law" filed in the Missouri Court of Appeals, Eastern District.

The St. Louis Record: MJC-STL Accuses City of St. Louis of Withholding Information on the Death of an Individual

The St. Louis Record reports on the MacArthur Justice Center's lawsuit against the City of St. Louis for its failure to provide records and reports relating to the mysterious death of Justin Ratcliff.

Amicus Brief Challenges Constitutionality of St. Louis County Ordinance Used to Punish Ferguson Protesters and Reporters

The MacArthur Justice Center at St. Louis argues the County's "Interfering with an Officer Ordinance" provision is outdated, unconstitutional and dangerous. 

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

ST. LOUIS - 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.

The St. Louis American: MO Parole Board Member Don Ruzicka Resigns

The St. Louis American reports on the MacArthur Justice Center's call for Governor Eric Greitens to remove MO Parole Board Member Don Ruzicka in light of "parole bingo" investigation, and Ruzicka's subsequent resignation.

MO Parole Board Member Ruzicka Resigns after MacArthur Justice Center, Familes and Advocates Call for Justice

As a result of demands for justice from the MacArthur Justice Center (MJC-STL), impacted family members, and community advocates, Parole Board Member Don Ruzicka resigned on June 12.

Missouri Parole Board Sidesteps Professional Responsibilities in Favor of "Parole Bingo"

Leading civil rights law firm exposes evidence of repeated instances of willful misconduct, disregard of professional duties, and blatant disrespect for justice system proceedings; calls for Gov. Greitens to take immediate action

Calling All (Co)-Counsel: Where Do We Go From Here?

In the Spring 2017 issue of "Memphis Law Magazine," Mae Quinn writes about how the landmark In re Gault Supreme Court decision continues to shape the juvenile justice landscape in "Calling All (Co)-Counsel: Where Do We Go From Here?" 

St. Louis Post-Dispatch Editorial: Judicial commission falls short on mandate to address racial inequity

We applaud the St. Louis Post Dispatch's Editorial Board for echoing the MacArthur Justice Center's criticism of the Missouri Supreme Court’s Racial and Ethnic Fairness Commission for failing to initiate meaningful reform.

St. Louis Post-Dispatch Editorial: Missouri board must halt juvenile death-in-prison parole practices

We applaud the St. Louis Post Dispatch's Editorial Board for shining a light on the Missouri Parole Board's flagrant disregard for the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that made juvenile death-behind-bars sentences without the possibility of parole unconstitutional. 

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

MJC-STL and Husch Blackwell Urge Meaningful Opportunity for Release for Juveniles

MacArthur Justice Center Seeks Greater Transparency Around Missouri Supreme Court’s Racial and Ethnic Fairness Commission

Today the MacArthur Justice Center at St. Louis filed a Sunshine request with the Missouri Supreme Court seeking all records relating to the work of the Racial and Ethnic Fairness Commission in order to press for greater transparency and accountability around the group’s efforts.

Favorable Ruling for Missouri Inmates Challenging Lack of Treatment for Hepatitis C

A judge has rejected arguments made by the Missouri Department of Corrections seeking to throw out a lawsuit regarding the department’s inhumane treatment of inmates suffering from Hepatitis C. The MacArthur Justice Center in St. Louis and the ACLU of Missouri filed the lawsuit demanding potentially life-saving treatments on behalf incarcerated inmates.

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

The MacArthur Justice Center and allies sue after Missouri fails to provide adequate legal representation to tens of thousands. 

Missouri Lawyers Weekly Names Mae Quinn a Legal Champion

Missouri Lawyers Weekly named MacArthur Justice Center at St. Louis Director Mae Quinn a 2017 Legal Champion. 

Missouri Lawyers Weekly Highlights MJC Suit Challenging MDOC's Unconstitutional Juvenile Parole Proceedings

Missouri Lawyers Weekly Highlights MJC-STL Suit Challenging MDOC's Unconstitutional Juvenile Parole Practices

MacArthur Justice Center Again Challenges MDOC Practices, Argues Parole Proceedings for Juveniles Are Unconstitutional

The MacArthur Justice Center in St. Louis (MJC-STL) has filed a lawsuit alleging the Missouri Department of Corrections’ (MDOC) parole system violates the constitutional rights of youthful offenders. Citing a series of recent U.S. Supreme Court rulings, the suit argues that inmates who were sentenced for crimes committed as children require special consideration by the state’s Parole Board.

The MacArthur Justice Center and the ACLU File Lawsuit Challenging MODOC’s Lack of Hepatitis C Treatment.

The MacArthur Justice Center at St. Louis and the ACLU of Missouri file lawsuit challenging Missouri Department of Corrections’ lack of life-saving Hepatitis C treatment. 

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