A statewide proseuctors group is weighing in a report that 62 percent of the gun cases before judges in St. Louis are resulting in probation.
“We arrest criminals and they say ‘I’m not worried about it. I got paper. I got probation the first time, and I’ll get paper the second time,'” complained a frustrated Police Chief Sam Dotson.
Dotson says a lack of help for those dealing with issues that lead to crime are leaving police alone on the front lines.
St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay says at least some judges are hearing his concerns – stricter sentences for violent offenders is what he wants to see.
A study finds most suspects arrested for gun charges in the city of St. Louis never go to prison because of a loophole in state gun laws or the kindness of judges.
Jim Whyte, of the Central West End Neighborhood Security Initiative, says he could give example after example of what they’re up against.
They decide who goes to prison and who goes back on the street – then, many St. Louis circuit court judges drive home to some of the safest neighborhoods in the city.
Officials with several St. Louis County municipal courts say not only is the response to the month-long Holiday Amnesty program disappointing, but it may be having a negative impact on courts.
Committees representing the state Bar Association are recommending all 50 of Missouri’s non-partisan judges be retained in advance of the Nov. 4 general election.
People convicted in municipal court of things like driving too fast or playing their music too loud soon could be forced to cough up another $3.