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Missouri CURE
               Citizens
               United for
               Rehabilitation of
               Errants

CURE is an international movement that seeks to reduce crime through reform of the criminal justice system. International CURE website is 
http://www.curenational.org

Missouri CURE organizes and unites offenders, their families, and others for education and advocacy in criminal 
justice issues.
Who We Are

Missouri CURE began in 1990 as a state chapter of National CURE.

Who Can Join? CURE members include prisoners, their families and loved ones, and other concerned members of the community.

What are the goals of CURE? To ensure that prisons are only used for those who absolutely must be incarcerated and that they are used only for the purposes of rehabilitation and education.
To make a contribution to Missouri CURE please click here. Your contributions are used to continue to advocate for prisoners and family members. Our major expenses are publishing and postage for our quarterly newsletter, Turning Point. A grassroots organization, CURE has no paid staff. Members volunteer their time. 
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P.O. Box 28931
St. Louis MO 63132
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If you are paying for a prisoner membership, please include the prisoner's name, number and institution in the paypal notes so that we know you are paying for a prisoner. This will ensure that the newsletter is sent to the prisoner. When you click the pay button and sign in, the very top form has a link to add instructions to buyer; this is where you should add this information.

Other Payment Options
Check or Money Order: Make out to Missouri CURE (address below). 
Postage Stamps: As an alternative, you may send 5 postage stamps for each inmate membership.

Missouri CURE
P.O. Box 28931
St. Louis MO 63132

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Legislative Update

We had a successful Lobby Day on March 11.  House Bill 491, which would reduce the 85% minimum sentence for first-time dangerous offenders, was assigned to a committee, the Civil & Criminal Proceedings Committee, on that very day!  It is now scheduled for a hearing on April 1 at 12:00 noon in Hearing Room 1 of the Capitol (lower level).  This is great news, and we need to fill up the hearing room to show support.  HB 491 is sponsored by Independent State Rep. Keith English, who represents Florissant.  Florissant borders Ferguson and the two municipalities share a school district.  The bill also has bipartisan support from Democrats Brandon Ellington and Mike Colona and Republicans Don Phillips and Mike Leara.

ACTION NEEDED: 
1.  Please spread the word about the hearing.  If you can drive or need a ride, call CURE at 877-525-2873.  In the Kansas City area, call Al Bey at 816-787-7344.  
2.  If you cannot attend the hearing, you can send written testimony via email to members of the committee.  The following State Representatives are members of the Civil & Criminal Proceedings Committee:
Cornejo, Robert, Chair
White, Bill, Vice Chair
Andrews, Allen
Colona, Mike
Corlew, Kevin
Gardner, Kimberly
Higdon, Galen
Marshall, Nick
McDaniel, Andrew
McGaugh, Joe Don
Mitten, Gina
Vescovo, Rob

Email addresses for all representatives are in this format:

Robert.Cornejo@house.mo.gov

(That is, first name followed by period, then last name followed by @house.mo.gov)

When you write:
  • Identify yourself as a Missouri resident
  • Clearly state that you are in favor of HB 491
  • Give reasons for supporting the bill
  • Urge the lawmaker to support HB 491

Here is a sample letter (but please use your own words):

Dear Representative Cornejo:

As a Missouri resident, I am hereby testifying in support of House Bill 491, which is scheduled to be heard before your committee April 1.

Thousands of Missouri prisoners fall under the law that requires them to serve at least 85% of their sentences before parole consideration.  Many of them are first-time offenders who committed a violent act in their youth and have already served decades in prison.  They have matured and shown by their behavior that they are rehabilitated and ready to take their places in society.  They have taken courses and programs to improve themselves.  These men and women deserve a second chance.

This bill is not designed to open the floodgates.  The parole board would still make the decision on whether release is appropriate.  Besides being fair and just, enacting this bill would save taxpayers millions of dollars annually and ease the overcrowding in Missouri prisons.

Please vote to send this bill to the full House for consideration.

Sincerely,

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