The Public Safety Section is involved in a wide range of criminal prosecutions at the investigation and trial level. The Section’s special prosecution unit prosecutes or assists in the prosecution of cases throughout Missouri, many of them homicide cases, child sexual abuse and assault cases.

The sexually violent predator unit seeks the civil commitment of sexual predators who suffer from a mental abnormality making them more likely than not to commit additional predatory acts of sexual violence. 

Section attorneys also defend the state in all habeas corpus actions filed by prison inmates in state and federal courts. Each year they litigate hundreds of federal habeas corpus actions in the federal district courts, the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court. The section also litigates State habeas claims in Circuit Courts, the Missouri Court of Appeals, and the Missouri Supreme Court.