MO Senate Attempting to Gut Historic Court Reforms

During the aftermath of the shooting of Michael Brown and the ensuing civil unrest, organizations like Better Together, the Arch City Defenders, SLU Law Legal Clinic, and the Ferguson Commission shone a light on a litany of abuses taking place in municipal courts...
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Better Together Looks to Update Key Figures from Previous Studies

Last year, Better Together released a Transparency Report on its efforts to obtain public information from the 115 local governments in the St. Louis City and County region. Today, as we look to update key figures from our previous studies, Better Together issued a...
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Better Together Releases Extensive Summary Report, “The Will to Change”

Report poses key question: “Why does a region with world-class resources struggle to thrive?” St. Louis, MO (June 13, 2016) – Following more than two years of intensive research and hundreds of community meetings, Better Together today released its summary report....
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We support the St. Louis region by acting as a catalyst for the removal of governmental, economic, and racial barriers to the region’s growth and prosperity for all of our citizens by promoting unity, trust, efficiency, and accountability.

A resident driving from the St. Louis Galleria to Lambert St. Louis International Airport will pass through 15 SEPARATE POLICE JURISDICTIONS during a 14-minute trip.

million dollars the region spends each year on policing.

The combined populations of the 90 municipalities in St. Louis County account for only 11% of Missouri’s population yet bring in 34% of all municipal court fines and fees statewide totaling:

Per capita cost to fund municipal services

million dollars in excess spending each year

  • Cost to operate a municipal court in St. Louis County – 223,149
  • Revenue from fines and fees each year – 711,596
  • Average net revenue – 488,357


Percent of departments in St. Louis City and County are not accredited.

SPENDING PER FAMILY of four for government services per year

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