Gavel and Missouri Flag

Judge orders no change – for now – in Missouri’s prisoner health care contractor

(Missouri Independent) – Work to bring a new contractor for prisoner health care services online in Missouri can continue, but the actual transition from Corizon, the current provider, won’t occur until at least early November, Cole County Circuit Judge Daniel Green ordered Tuesday. Green issued a temporary restraining order blocking the state from canceling its […]

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November trial set for lawsuit challenging $1.4 billion Missouri prison health care contract

(Missouri Independent) – A trial will be held in early November to determine whether a subsidiary of St. Louis-based Centene will take over the contract for prison health care in the Missouri Department of Corrections. In a hearing Thursday, Cole County Circuit Judge Daniel Green set Nov. 3 as the first day in the trial where current […]

Prison Healthcare or medical

Lawsuit filed over $1.4 billion contract for Missouri prison healthcare

(Missouri Independent) – The dispute over the $1.4 billion contract to provide prisoner health care in Missouri is moving into the courts. Corizon Health, which has held the Department of Corrections contract since 1992, filed a lawsuit Monday in Cole County alleging that unfair treatment and improper scoring gave the contract to Centurion Health, a Virginia subsidiary of […]

Prison Healthcare or medical

Missouri prison healthcare contract won by a company accused of bid-rigging in Tennessee

(Missouri Independent) – The long-time contractor for medical services in Missouri’s prisons is protesting the state’s decision to award the business to a company that will charge more than lawmakers appropriated and is accused of bid-rigging to obtain a contract in Tennessee prisons. Centurion Health, a Virginia subsidiary of St. Louis-based managed care company Centene, beat […]

Gavel and Law book

Missouri lawmakers passed a host of reforms aimed at keeping kids out of jail

(Missouri Independent) – Retired St. Louis Judge Evelyn Baker once sentenced a 16-year-old Black boy to 241 years in prison for two armed robberies.  No one was seriously injured in the robberies, but the boy “didn’t express any remorse,” Baker said, remembering the sentencing hearing.  Now, when she thinks back, Baker deeply regrets the sentence […]

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Audio: Missouri House Corrections Chair calls on Governor to release Kevin Strickland from prison

A key Missouri lawmaker who chairs the House Corrections Committee is calling on Governor Parson to grant an immediate release to an inmate that prosecutors say was wrongly convicted of murder 40 years ago. Missourinet’s Brian Hauswirth has our report:     GOP State Representative Andrew McDaniel of southeast Missouri’s Deering tweeted that Thursday night […]

Coronavirus Update

Livingston County becomes #1 in Missouri for number of COVID-19 cases in last 7 days; another COVID-19 related death reported as well

The Livingston County Health Center on Thursday, May 20th reported another COVID-19-related death, bringing the total to 57. The number of active cases, 99, was also the highest it has been since the beginning of the pandemic. Seventeen cases were added since May 19th for a total of 1,578. The health center noted Livingston County […]

Guilty Plea

Prison official pleads guilty to accepting bribes to smuggle contraband to inmates

A North Carolina man pleaded guilty to a bribery and smuggling scheme. He abused his position as a prison official to funnel drugs and other contraband into Caledonia Correctional Institution. According to court documents, Ollie Rose III, 62, of Pleasant Hill, worked as a case manager at Caledonia Correctional Institution, a state prison in Halifax […]

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Audio: Missouri House votes to legalize programs that let drug users exchange used needles for clean ones

The Missouri House has voted in favor of legalizing programs that let drug users hand over used hypodermic needles for clean ones. During House debate, St. Peters Republican Phil Christofanelli talks about the legislation that is intended to put an end to reusing or sharing dirty needles and potentially spreading diseases like HIV and hepatitis […]

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Audio: Nearly half of Missouri’s state prisoners have been given a COVID-19 vaccination

Nearly half of Missouri’s state prisoners have been given a coronavirus vaccination.     Missouri Department of Corrections data shows nearly 10,800 prisoners have received their coronavirus vaccination. The number of active inmate cases is 71. The largest COVID-19 outbreak – 41 cases – is at the prison in northeast Missouri’s Vandalia, followed by 23 […]

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Bipartisan coalition of lawmakers hope to fund free tampons, pads in Missouri prisons

(Missouri Independence) – In Missouri, incarcerated women’s access to feminine hygiene products depends on where they’re housed. Some are forced to pay to buy tampons and pads to meet their needs, while others are provided with such low-quality products they end up having to make their own. A bipartisan coalition of lawmakers hopes to change that […]

Jennifer Sansoucie

Woman serving a 25-year sentence for murder at Chillicothe Correctional Center charged with assault

An inmate at the Chillicothe Correctional Center has been charged with felony violence to an employee of the Missouri Department of Corrections or to an inmate by an inmate. Thirty-four-year-old Jennifer Sansoucie is scheduled for an initial appearance in the Associate Division of Livingston County Circuit Court on May 26th. A probable cause affidavit from […]

Charges Filed

Woman charged in Caldwell County with attempt to deliver drugs inside Caldwell County Detention Center

A Kansas City woman has been charged in Caldwell County with felony delivery or possession of a controlled substance at county/private jail/correctional center without a prescription. Forty-three-year-old Terri Mouton also faces a felony charge of possession of a controlled substance except for 35 grams or less of marijuana/synthetic cannabinoid. Bond was set at $10,000 cash […]

Prison Inmate or Prison Worker

Audio: Missouri could soon wipe out the debt it owes to counties for housing inmates

Missouri could soon wipe out the debt it owes to counties for housing inmates. State House Budget Committee Chairman Cody Smith says the House has passed a 34-point-one billion-dollar state operating budget that would get Missouri completely out of debt in county jail reimbursements. Missouri could be the only state in the nation that pays […]

Heroin and Needle

Kansas woman indicted for smuggling heroin into Western Missouri Correctional Center in Cameron

A federal grand jury has indicted a Shawnee, Kansas, woman for smuggling heroin to an inmate at the Western Missouri Correctional Center in Cameron, Missouri. Juliane L. Colby, 43, was charged in a four-count indictment returned under seal by a federal grand jury in Kansas City, Mo., on March 16, 2021. That indictment was unsealed […]

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Audio: Due to staffing shortages, two Missouri prisons temporarily transfer workers and inmates

To help deal with staffing shortages, workers and prisoners at two Missouri prisons have been temporarily relocated to nearby prisons.      State Department of Corrections Spokeswoman Karen Pojmann tells Missourinet workers and inmates at a Fulton prison in mid-Missouri have been moved to the minimum-security prison in town. Staff and offenders at Kansas City […]