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A survey behind a proposal to provide women in Missouri prisons free access to sanitary products found that about 80% of respondents made their own tampons out of materials available to them.

Nonprofit Missouri Appleseed's survey found that a greater percentage of staff at the state's two female correctional facilities were aware of the practice, which can lead to infections and health issues.

About one in every four women who have used makeshift feminine hygiene products has had a corresponding vaginal infection, according to the study.

The last time Joseph Johnson was a free man, the world was different.

It was 1994 – Bill Clinton was president, Michael Jordan was playing baseball, and The Lion King was the year’s highest-grossing movie.


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A three-county pilot program that seeks to improve community services for former prisoners is rolling out in Missouri. Offering an array of so-called “wraparound” community services, the initial $5 million dollar pilot program focuses on services for former offenders with behavioral challenges like addiction or mental health issues.

A lawsuit alleging the Missouri Department of Corrections systematically denies medical treatment to prisoners with chronic hepatitis C has taken a big leap forward after a judge certified it as a class action.

U.S. District Judge Nanette Laughrey last week ruled that the lawsuit, which was filed in December, meets all the requirements for class certification, including numerous plaintiffs and common issues of law and fact.

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A special Missouri legislative committee is offering recommendations on how to reform the state's prison system in response to reports of sexual harassment and other misconduct by corrections employees.

The House Subcommittee on Corrections Workforce Environment and Conduct on Tuesday said its suggestions are meant to eliminate what it said was the hostile employee environment to which corrections workers were subjected.

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Missouri House members want more information on how much money the state is paying in lawsuit settlements and judgments.

House members voted 150-1 on Thursday to pass legislation to require the attorney general and administration commissioner to update lawmakers and others monthly on state legal expenses.