The Missouri Association of Prosecuting Attorneys (MAPA) convened in Jefferson City March 4-6 for its annual Legislative Conference. Macon County Prosecuting Attorney Josh Meisner joined with other elected prosecuting attorneys from across Missouri to discuss policy issues vital to the criminal justice system. Missouri’s prosecutors met with legislators and Governor Jay Nixon to discuss these issues.
“The rules governing lawyers give prosecutors the special responsibility to be ‘ministers of justice’,” said MAPA President and Platte County Prosecuting Attorney Eric Zahnd. “We have a special obligation to ensure a smooth-running and efficient criminal justice system that provides justice for everyone – both defendants and crime victims alike. So it is vitally important that prosecutors’ voices are heard on these issues, not just in the courtroom, but in the halls of government as well. I want to thank Josh Meisner for taking the time to come to Jefferson City and visit with our state officials on how to improve our criminal justice system.”
Some of the issues supported by Missouri’s prosecutors that are being considered by the state legislature are: reform of the public defender system in the wake of a troubling audit; a revision of the Criminal Code; a streamlined procedure for collection of crime victim restitution; and a ballot measure to allow the introduction of prior sex abuse in prosecutions of child sex abuse cases.