Effort underway to gain passage of ‘Raise the Age’

The Missouri Catholic Conference is among supporters of state legislation that would require children up to the age of 18 to be prosecuted for criminal offenses in juvenile court unless the child is certified as an adult.

Fontbonne aids a Criminal Justice Ministry enterprise

Mike Tverdick checked the manual for a surger donated to the Criminal Justice Ministry by the Tacony Corporation. The machine will help the ministry with a program in which clients produce pet products for sale.

After spending three hours with the manual, Mike Tverdick figured out how to operate the surger.

It was no easy feat, but Tverdick, who worked in the Air Force as a mechanic, was up to the task. His efforts will make the work of creating ravel-free seams, tight overlock stitches and decorative edging much easier for a program offered by the Criminal justice Ministry.

SLU initiative at jail removes barriers to success

Joseph Jones, a maintenance technician at the St. Louis Medium Security Institution, stopped by a McDonald's for lunch Nov. 8 to find one of the graduates of the St. Louis University Transformative Justice Initiative working there. He'd heard about her success in being productive and staying sober since being released from the institution.

School suspensions seen as part of ‘pipeline’ to prison

Billy Harris calls himself a homesteader in Normandy where he grows his own food and tends chickens and ducks. Billy Harris grew up in southwest Missouri and was incarcerated for his participation in the beating of a man to death when he was 16. He now lives in Normandy and works as a youth justice advocate after seeing first hand what is known as the school to prison pipeline.

Billy Harris grew up in southwest Missouri and started getting into trouble with the law at age 14, receiving unsupervised probation for providing a license plate to his half-brother after he escaped from jail. Harris said that he didn't learn anything from the encounter with the criminal justice system, and no one seemed to take an interest in his future.

Christian leaders pledge action on high rate of incarceration in U.S.

NEWARK, N.J. -- Leaders of Christian Churches Together in the U.S.A., of which the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops is a member, issued a pledge to engage the American public on the issue of mass incarceration in the United States.

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