(KMOV)- A Metro East City is launching a new program to give criminals a second chance, but the elected official bringing the program to town is facing four felony charges.
“This town is full of people that have blemishes on their records and they simply don't know how to handle it,” said the Mayor of Alorton, JoAnn Reed, who is facing criminal charges herself.
Mayor Joann Reed faces four felony charges centering on allegations that she attempted to sneak a cell phone into jail for her niece. If convicted, she would lose her position as mayor.
With a potential criminal trial down the road, Reed is now trying help people in the small Alorton community to get rid of their own charges from misdemeanors to felonies by offering a class: "Justice 101".
Several St. Clair officials are leading the class including the St. Clair County State's Attorney Brendan Kelly who just so happens to be prosecuting Mayor Reed's criminal case.
Justice 101 will cover topics like how to get files from the circuit clerk’s office and forms on expunging.