Penny Hubbard http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Incarcerated Parents Could Spend More Time With Their Kids Under Program Advanced In Mo. House http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/incarcerated-parents-could-spend-more-time-their-kids-under-program-advanced-mo-house <p>Incarcerated parents in Missouri could spend more time with their children under a bill given first-round approval by the Missouri House.<br>&nbsp;<br>The legislation endorsed Monday would set up a test program that would provide transportation for children who live more than 50 miles away from their parent's prison to visit them.<br>&nbsp;<br>Two Missouri men's prisons and two women's prisons would be selected for the program's trial. The Department of Corrections would have to submit a final report on the program's effect in 2017.<br>&nbsp; Tue, 09 Apr 2013 14:45:08 +0000 The Associated Press 25249 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Incarcerated Parents Could Spend More Time With Their Kids Under Program Advanced In Mo. House Death penalty abolition bill before Mo. House committee http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/death-penalty-abolition-bill-mo-house-committee <p>A House committee heard testimony&nbsp;Wednesday evening&nbsp;on<a href="http://house.mo.gov/billsummary.aspx?bill=HB1496&amp;year=2012&amp;code=R"> legislation that would abolish the death penalty in Missouri</a>.&nbsp;&nbsp;The bill would also commute sentences of all current Death Row inmates to&nbsp;life without parole.</p><p>Several people testified in favor of the bill, including<a href="http://www.innocenceproject.org/Content/Kevin_Green.php"> Kevin Green</a>, a California man who spent 16 years in prison on charges that he raped his wife and killed their unborn baby.&nbsp; He was eventually exonerated after DNA evidence showed another man had committed the crime.&nbsp;&nbsp;Green says doing hard time in prison is a harsher punishment than being executed. Thu, 22 Mar 2012 02:44:20 +0000 Marshall Griffin 3327 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Death penalty abolition bill before Mo. House committee Morning headlines: Friday, March 9, 2012 http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/morning-headlines-friday-march-9-2012 <p><strong>Mo. House approves test program that helps children visit moms in prison</strong></p><p>Missouri House members are calling for a pilot project to help women in the state&#39;s prisons have more contact with their children.</p><p>Legislation approved by the House would require the Corrections and Social Services departments to start a two-year test program to provide transportation for children and a caretaker to visit their mothers in prison.</p><p>The measure was approved Thursday on a vote of 126-23 and now moves to the Senate.</p> Fri, 09 Mar 2012 15:33:20 +0000 Julie Bierach, The Associated Press & Illinois Public Radio 3238 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Morning headlines: Friday, March 9, 2012 Bill to abolish death penalty filed in Mo. House http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/bill-abolish-death-penalty-filed-mo-house <p>Legislation has been filed in the<a href="http://house.mo.gov/"> Missouri House </a>that would abolish the death penalty.</p><p>If&nbsp;<a href="http://house.mo.gov/billsummary.aspx?bill=HB1496&amp;year=2012&amp;code=R">the bill</a> becomes law, any pending executions in Missouri would be halted, and all inmates sentenced to death would be re-sentenced to life without probation or parole.&nbsp; It&rsquo;s sponsored by&nbsp;<a href="http://house.mo.gov/member.aspx?year=2012&amp;district=058">State Representative&nbsp;Penny Hubbard </a>(D,&nbsp;St. Louis).&nbsp; She says&nbsp;she doesn&rsquo;t believe that&nbsp;capital punishment is an effective deterrent. Fri, 27 Jan 2012 22:20:00 +0000 Marshall Griffin 2960 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Bill to abolish death penalty filed in Mo. House