As you may remember, in our September 2018 Newsletter we spotlighted the work of Missouri Appleseed, the newest Center in the Appleseed Network, launched in November 2017. In this short time, the Center has contributed greatly to criminal justice reform in the state of Missouri and has been cited twice in the last couple of weeks by the St.Louis Post-Dispatch (see below).
We are very excited to share the work with you. As always, thanks for the support!
Missouri Appleseed is currently engaged in three projects working with professors and students from three different schools within St. Louis University.
Medicaid for Incarcerated Individuals:
Missouri Appleseed is working hand in hand with Professor Sidney Watson of St. Louis University Law School to examine the State of Missouri’s policy of terminating an individual’s Medicaid upon incarceration in a jail or prison. House Bill 1102 and Senate Bill 393 have both been filed to change this policy.
Access to Feminine Hygiene Products in Missouri Prisons:
Missouri Appleseed, with funding from the Missouri Foundation for Health, is researching access to feminine hygiene products in Missouri prisons. Research includes written surveys and in-person interviews of offenders, nurses, case workers, and wardens. Missouri Appleseed’s research has led to the filing of House Bill 303 and House Bill 920. Both bills seek to improve access to feminine hygiene products for incarcerated women in Missouri.
Mental Illness and the Criminal Justice System:
Missouri Appleseed and forensic psychiatrist Dr.Jackie Landess of St.Louis University Medical School are working to increase the Missouri Criminal Bar’s knowledge of mental illness and mental health law through survey and statewide trainings.
Editorial: Make tampons freely available for women prisoners
Imagine if public bathrooms didn't provide toilet paper or soap. It would violate basic hygiene needs and pose obvious health risks. Yet women in prisons are routinely denied the same access to supplies needed to take care of routine bodily function. Read more.
Change in how Missouri handles inmates on Medicaid could prevent their return to jail, advocates say
A simple change to state law could keep released inmates from returning to jail, overdosing on drugs or experiencing a relapse of mental illness, say advocates fro two bills introduced in the Legislature. Read more.
If you're interested in seeing more of their projects, visit their website!