Social Justice Thought Piece

You may have recently heard or read that Missouri Governor Mike Parson signed a series of criminal justice bills, including measures to eliminate mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent crimes and to prohibit added prison time as punishment for those who are unable to pay board bills for their time in jail. We discussed two articles and a Youtube clip of former Missouri Senator Jeff Smith who went to prison after pleading guilty to two counts of obstruction of justice related to his campaign activities. He resigned in August of 2009 and was sentenced to a year and a day in prison and was fined $50,000. After he was released he wrote Mr. Smith Goes to Prison (pub. 2015) which details his time in politics and his experiences in prison: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CJRo3g4fKtI

The following article from 2018 discusses some of the problems with privately-run prisons: http://www.justicepolicy.org/news/12006

Click on this link to read a story about the injustice incorporated into digital monitoring: https://www.propublica.org/article/digital-jail-how-electronic-monitoring-drives-defendants-into-debt#