Tag: ACLU of Missouri

SCOTUS decision on abortion could affect Missouri

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Missourians are reacting to perhaps the most impactful Supreme Court decision on abortion since Casey v. Planned Parenthood. The nation’s highest court struck down two provisions of a Texas state law that they believe placed undue burden on a woman’s right to an abortion as decreed under Roe v. […]

Jackson County to change policies about shackling pregnant women after lawsuit settlement

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Jackson County will implement new policies about the use of restraints while transporting pregnant women in custody after settling a lawsuit Tuesday. Megon Riedel settled her lawsuit against the county and three correctional officers, receiving damages along with the written policy and procedure changes. She had […]

Department of Corrections loses court fight over Sunshine law

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The ACLU of Missouri and the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press (RCFP) has won two reaffirmations in separate court cases over whether or not the Missouri Department of Corrections (MODOC) violated provisions of the Sunshine Law. In 2014, the RCFP and St. Louis Public Radio Reporter […]

Senate hears bills aimed at Macks Creek Law reform

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Missouri senators held a hearing today on a bill aimed at reducing the amount of money cities may collect through traffic tickets and court fines. Sen. Eric Schmitt, R-Glendale, is sponsoring SB 5, which makes changes to Missouri’s “Macks Creek Law.” Under Macks Creek, no municipality […]

Eyes On: Jeffrey Mittman, Executive Director of the Missouri ACLU

Saint Louis, Mo. — Last year, the American Civil Liberties Union realigned two of its affiliates and the ACLU of Eastern Missouri took responsibility for the entire state under a new executive director, Jeffrey Mittman. Since Mittman assumed the role of head honcho in May 2013, the organization seems to […]