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The Missouri State Capitol in Jefferson City taken by Caroline on a legislative lobbying trip
The Missouri State Capitol in Jefferson City. Photo taken by Caroline on a legislative lobbying trip

Working for Sensible Justice

Caroline and groups of other concerned Missourians are currently working on legislation in Missouri to reform the mandatory minimum sentences for first time offenders of first degree assault and first degree robbery.  Go to her legislative action website and End 85% on Facebook to find out more important information about this effort.  Find out what you can do to help, and contact the End 85% team for advice and guidance if there is an issue you would like to reform.  Our system changes when enough people take an active role.

Working to reform the use of the Dual Sovereignty Doctrine in Missouri is another one of Caroline’s legislative projects.  No American should be prosecuted twice for the same crimes like Keith Giammanco was.  If it can happen to him, it can happen to anyone.  The Constitutional protections against Double Jeopardy were specifically written to protect those who have committed crimes in order to avoid cruel and unusual duplicate sentences.  Something must be done to restore those rights.

Prison reform is a multi-faceted problem, but doing nothing about it is the equivalent of kicking a can down the road. The change is in our power, as the citizens of our states and nation, and we can bring about reform that will be a winner for taxpayers, communities, and the inmates and their families.  Rehabilitation should be the goal, not simply incarceration.

"Progress is the Law of Life" -- the words inscribed over the doors of the Missouri House of Representatives floor
“Progress is the Law of Life” — the words inscribed over the doors of the Missouri House of Representatives floor

Our motto when sharing our story is:  Make them laugh. Make them cry. Make them think. Make them act.  As the photo above illustrates, progress is a necessary part of life.

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Representative Don Phillips with Caroline at the Missouri Capitol on the day HB 651 was debated
Representative Don Phillips with Caroline at the Missouri Capitol on the day HB 657 was debated