Petition A:
To Missouri Governor Eric Greitens

Reinstate Reentry Funding for Criminal Justice Ministry

As a result of Governor Greitens’ budget withholdings, Criminal Justice Ministry (CJM) lost its $150,000 funding contract to help formerly-incarcerated individuals (mainly veterans).

While these cuts may seem fiscally prudent, they actually increase budget spending. Each year, CJM provides reentry services to 100 individuals recently-released from jail and prison. Without CJM’s help to find basic housing, substance and mental health treatment, and employment, these individuals are often left to fend for themselves on the streets. This doubles their likelihood to reoffend and return to jail/prison, costing the state and taxpayers about $20,000 a year to incarcerate. Based on an evaluation by the University of Missouri – St. Louis, without CJM, 30 more individuals will return to jail or prison at a cost of $10,000 per individual. Without these services, state spending on incarceration increases by $300,000 in one year, exponentially increasing each subsequent year. Since the state allocates only $150,000 a year to CJM, the financial return on investment is substantial, saving $2 for each $1 spent.

In addition to increasing the deficit, these short-sighted cuts jeopardize community safety. Without CJM services, more individuals and their families will lose vital services. As individuals lose these services, they are twice as likely to succumb to past criminal tendencies, hurting others and increasing the crime rate. No one believes Governor Greitens intended to increase the deficit or make our communities more dangerous. Unfortunately, that is exactly what his recent cuts to reentry services will accomplish.

Please sign our petition and join our efforts to have Governor Greitens reinstate the state’s reentry funding for Criminal Justice Ministry.

 

Petition B:
To Missouri Representatives on the Budget Committee (listed on petition)

Keep Reentry Services for Criminal Justice Ministry in the Budget

Even though the state funding for Criminal Justice Ministry’s (CJM) reentry services was cut from this year’s budget, CJM will continue to make our community stronger and save the state money by helping formerly-incarcerated individuals (mostly veterans) succeed. In order to continue providing these services and keeping our communities safe next year, the members of the Missouri House Budget Committee must include CJM’s reentry funding in next year’s budget.

While eliminating this funding from the budget may seem fiscally prudent, it actually increases budget spending. Each year, CJM provides reentry services to 100 individuals recently-released from jail and prison. Without CJM’s help to find basic housing, substance and mental health treatment, and employment, these individuals are often left to fend for themselves on the streets. This doubles their likelihood to reoffend and return to jail/prison, costing the state and taxpayers about $20,000 a year to incarcerate. Based on an evaluation by the University of Missouri – St. Louis, without CJM, 30 more individuals will return to jail or prison at a cost of $10,000 per individual. Without these services, state spending on incarceration increases by $300,000 in one year, exponentially increasing each subsequent year. Since the state allocates only $150,000 a year to CJM, the financial return on investment is substantial, saving $2 for each $1 spent.

In addition to increasing the deficit, a loss of CJM funding will jeopardize community safety next year. Without CJM services, more individuals and their families will lose vital services. As individuals lose these services, they are twice as likely to succumb to past criminal tendencies, hurting others and increasing the crime rate.

Please sign our petition and join our efforts to have the following Representatives on the Budget Committee keep CJM reentry funding in next year’s budget: Scott Fitzpatrick (Chair), Justin Alferman (Vice Chair), Michael Butler (Ranking Minority Member), Allen Andrews, Kurt Bahr, Rusty Black, Cloria Brown, Phil Christofanelli, Kathie Conway, Charlie Davis, Randy Dunn, David Gregory, Marsha Haefner, Justin Hill, Tila Hubrecht, Kip Kendrick, Bart Korman, Deb Lavender, Donna Lichtenegger, Karla May, DaRon McGee, Peter Merideth, Joshua Peters, Crystal Quade, Greg Razer, Craig Redmon, Don Rone,  Robert Ross, Lyle Rowland, Cody Smith, Bryan Spencer, Kathryn Swan, Jared Taylor, Curtis Trent and David Wood

 

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