Across the country, cities and states are making changes to the criminal justice system – from reforming mandatory minimum sentences and reducing pretrial incarceration to creating diversion programs and addressing racial disparities. In St. Louis, many officials and residents are calling for reform – and feeling the pressure of at-capacity jails, high incarceration rates and national scrutiny following the Department of Justice’s report on racial biases in Ferguson’s law enforcement system.
What options should St. Louis consider in facing these issues? How will new policies and procedures reshape the role of courts and jails? In this Next America forum, The Atlantic will engage with state and local leaders, law enforcement officials and community activists for a conversation on how emerging policies will affect safety and justice in St. Louis and in the country at large.