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Group seeks to reform St. Louis' municipal court system

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ST. LOUIS (KMOV) -- A group focused on addressing the problem of Mass Incarceration in St. Louis held a town hall meeting Sunday.

"Decarcerate STL" is an advocacy group working towards criminal reform. Speakers at the town hall included Sate Senator Jamilah Nasheed, Heather Taylor, President of the Ethical Society of Police, Dramon Foster, a criminal defense attorney and William Monroe, a member of the St Louis Board of Education.

The goal was to discuss tangible solutions to mass incarceration, including municipal court reform.

“A lot of the offenders locked up are in a rotating cycle of municipal court fines and fees and traffic violations that land them incarcerated simply because they don't have the money to post bail,” explained James Jones, organizer for "Decarcerate STL."

The group says releasing non-violent offenders would help stabilize neighborhoods in St Louis directly affected by the epidemic of mass incarceration. The group would like the see the Medium Security Institution, often called the work house, in St. Louis close and the money used from that go towards rehabilitating non-violent offenders.

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