ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) – A former St. Louis Police officer who was shot five times during a robbery in 2009 is now a court advocate for the Central West End.
Isabella Lovadina will be responsible for tracking crime that occurs in the Central West End and the Forest Park Southeast neighborhood.
Lovadina will collect community impact statements and make sure judges know that people in the neighborhood are keeping track of what type of sentences are being issued.
“A difference will be made when more people stand up and say we’re not going to put up with this anymore,” Lovadina said.
“I think the use of a court advocate in these neighborhoods and other neighborhoods across the city will have a huge impact in making sure that sentencing, bond appearances, and the court record in front of the judge is comprehensive and fair," said Rachel Smith, the Chief Prosecutor of Community Affairs.
Other St. Louis neighborhoods have volunteers who track court cases. Lovadina is the first paid court advocate in a St. Louis neighborhood. Lovadina was hired by the Central West End Neighborhood Security Initiative, which is funded by special business district taxes.