We've filed suit to allow No-Excuse Absentee during COVID-19
Given the COVID-19 outbreak, the American Civil Liberties Union, ACLU of Missouri, and Missouri Voter Protection Coalition filed a lawsuit seeking to make absentee mail-in balloting available to all eligible voters in Missouri.
Missouri has the eighth-highest incarceration rate in the nation. Each year, we spend $725,165,192 on corrections. Each of those dollars spent generates an additional $10 in social costs, paid by Missourians — often families, children and community members who have committed no crime.
If we don't change course soon, we will have to spend half a billion dollars to build two new prisons in the next two years.
Missouri jails and prisons are already overpopulated. Reducing mandatory minimums would keep people out of prison and lower incarceration costs. Changing the mandatory minimum laws in Missouri will keep Missourians safe while giving offenders who have changed a chance to contribute to their community and Missouri's economy.