Criminal Justice Reform
The ACLU of Missouri is committed to helping our state re-envision a criminal justice system that is fair and free of racial bias, keeps our communities safe, and respects the rights of all who come into contact with it.
There are fundamental rights that protect all Americans when they encounter the criminal justice system. These rights include guarantees against unreasonable search and seizure, the right to reasonable bail, the right to due process of law, and the right to be free from cruel and unusual treatment. They are essential to our democracy.
The ACLU works with community and organizational partners to reform Missouri’s approach to public safety to end harsh policies that result in mass incarceration and prioritize rehabilitation and transformative justice over punishment.
Promoting Policing That Protects and Serves All Communities
In Missouri, African-American drivers are overwhelmingly more likely to be likely to be stopped than whites, despite searches finding contraband more frequently in white drivers’ cars. This has been the reality far too long for too many Missourians and only one example of the many inequities that contribute to the mistrust between law enforcement and communities of color.
The ACLU is collaborating with conservatives and progressives alike to push for change in Missouri’s policing laws that both builds trust and keeps communities safe.
We support good police practices, thorough training, carefully crafted policies, and appropriate allocation of resources in law enforcement that can ensure public safety and prevent abuses in encounters between law enforcement officers and citizens.