Agency helping ex-cons is targeted for budget cuts in Mo. - KMOV.com

Agency helping ex-cons is targeted for budget cuts in Mo.

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Criminal Justice Ministry is losing its Missouri state funding as part of budget cuts. Credit: KMOV Criminal Justice Ministry is losing its Missouri state funding as part of budget cuts. Credit: KMOV
ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

A St. Louis agency that helps ex-cons stay out of trouble is now losing its state funding in the budget cuts announced this week by Mo. Gov. Eric Greitens.

"I would contend this is exactly a public safety issue," say Aaron Laxton of the Criminal Justice Ministry.

The agency says they were notified by the state that $80,000 in grant money was ending as of 5:00 p.m. Tuesday.

Greitens made $146 million in cuts Monday to try and close a widening budget shortfall as state revenues decline.

Laxton says his organization counts on that money to help ex-cons, and especially veterans, get back on their feet and find housing and stay out of trouble after getting out of prison.

"Half our agency serves veterans, I myself am a veteran of the U.S. Army," Laxton says.  He adds they currently are helping 52 individuals, including 30 veterans.

Greitens ran his campaign for Governor as an advocate of veterans, and in his State of the State Address on Tuesday he talked about reforming those getting out of prison.

"The last thing we want is somebody coming out of prison and committing another crime," Greitens told House and Senate members.

Laxton says the Criminal Justice Ministry will try to continue its work by looking to more help from donations to keep running.

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