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The St Louis Contrarian

Providing Independent and Intelligent Insight on St. Louis Public Policy Issues

Criminal Justice Reform

I attended a great meeting at St. Louis University yesterday. The subject of the meeting was prison and criminal justice reform. The sponsors of the meeting in addition to SLU were the Clark-Fox Foundation, and The Criminal Justice Ministry.

At the meeting we heard from ex offenders or returned citizens as they are now called. They described their journeys and difficulties engaging life after being in prison. There were many significant statistics described at the meeting which are too numerous to convey here. The take away for me is that our present system unfairly penalizes too many poor people and that the parole and reentry process are set up for failure. Far too many non violent offenders spend too much time in jail. Non violent drug offenses are the biggest problem. Written by Paul Dribin

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