Prisoners who have completed their presence sentences typically must serve a period of years in the free community under supervision of a parole office. During the parole period, parolees must report periodically to a parole officer and comply with specified conditions of parole. Any misstep can result in an allegation of parole violation and return to prison.
This system operates largely free of public scrutiny. The MacArthur Justice Center is committed to shining a light on unfair parole practices and fighting for needed reforms.
Court Moves Forward Class Action (Brown v. Precythe) Challenging Unjust Parole Process for Missouri Juveniles Previously Sentenced to Death By Bars
Missouri Lawsuit (Gray v. Missouri Department of Corrections) Calling for Juvenile Offender Parole Standards Moves Forward; Judge Rejects State’s Motion to Dismiss
Gasca v. Precythe
In Missouri, the Parole Board is running an assembly-line parole process that pushes people back into our prisons without any real legal protections. Every year, the Board revokes parole for 3,000-7,000 individuals without offering anyone an attorney, and apparently without even informing parolees of their right to counsel. In many instances, alleged parole violators are...
Brown v. Precythe
The MacArthur Justice Center is pursuing a federal class action challenging the Missouri Parole Board’s demonstrated abuse of power, disregard for due process and failure to comply with state and federal law when it comes to youthful offenders previously given mandatory life without parole sentences.
Gray v. Missouri Department of Corrections
The MacArthur Justice Center has filed a lawsuit on behalf of Eric Gray challenging the Missouri Department of Corrections’ (MDOC) parole system violation of the constitutional rights of youthful offenders. Citing a series of recent U.S. Supreme Court rulings, the suit argues that inmates who were sentenced for crimes committed as children, like Mr. Gray,...
In the news
Federal judge orders overhaul of Missouri’s treatment of juvenilesSt. Louis American August 8, 2019
After murdering as minors, some Missouri prison inmates could be paroled under new court orderSt. Louis Post-Dispatch August 8, 2019
Federal Court Issues Order to Overhaul Missouri Parole Board’s Unconstitutional Treatment of Youthful OffendersPress Release
Federal Court Rules Missouri Parole Board Ignores U.S. Supreme Court Rulings Protecting the Rights of Youth Given Mandatory Life SentencesPress Release