Our Commitment

Our coalition works to stop violence by empowering public safety officials with crucial tools and information. We also help elect leaders who value the input of victims and support the smart use of public resources to deter violent crime.

Advocates say Gov. Parson is ‘breaking Hailey’s Law.’ What’s going on?

By: Austin Huguelet, Springfield News-Leader

It took a long time to pass Hailey’s Law.

Despite its easy appeal — who opposes improving Amber Alerts for missing children, especially after one failed Springfield’s Hailey Owens in 2014? — it took until July for lawmakers and advocates to see the governor sign their hopes into law.

Officials say the law has gone into effect largely without a hitch.

But advocates say the state is ignoring them again, and they say an alert about a missing 2-year-old in Springfield sent last Friday proves their point.

Make violent criminals pay restitution

Most domestic abusers don't go to prison. Only 1 in 
30 are required to work to pay restitution to victims.

We need to dole out much more than a slap on the wrist for criminals who inflict serious physical injury or attempt to kill. All violent offenders should be required to work in prison and pay restitution to victims. Our coalition supports restitution-based sentencing reforms like HB2546, which would require violent offenders to work and contribute to society while in prison.

Support the 'Help Find the Missing Act'

New York, Connecticut, and Tennessee have
already passed the 'Help Find the Missing' Act.
When a body is found, uncovering the person’s identity can take decades. The National Missing and Unidentified Persons System, or NamUs, is the U.S. Department of Justice program tasked with solving these cases. But there's no federal requirement that State coroners, medical examiners or law enforcement officials utilize the database.

As a result, solvable cases remain unsolved and families are left in the dark about the fate of their loved ones. In many instances, the failure to promptly identify bodies allows murderers to remain free long enough to victimize others.