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

By: MacArthur Justice Center
Published: May 18, 2017

Nov. 6, 2017:  Missouri federal court has ruled in favor of plaintiffs, in support of the argument held that juvenile offenders are constitutionally-entitled to a meaningful and realistic opportunity for parole release. The Court also ordered the defendants to turn over parole files and recordings of parole hearings—materials historically withheld not just from the public, but from prisoners and their attorneys as well.

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Court Order

June 8, 2017: MJC-STL amended its federal lawsuit to include evidence of a parole board member playing games during release hearings. MJC-STL simultaneously called 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.

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Parole Board Reform Letter to Gov. Greitens

Amended Complaint

Missouri Inspector General Parole Games Investigation Report

May 18, 2017: The MacArthur Justice Center at St. Louis (MJC-STL) 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. 

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Keywords: juvenile justice, Miller v. Alabama, Parole, Supreme Court

Posted in Juvenile Justice