ST. LOUIS COUNTY NAACP

Courage Will Not Skip This Generation

Redress Committee Programs


In addition to fulfilling the requirements set forth in section I of this memorandum, the NAACP St. Louis County Legal Redress Committee will focus on the following three programs:

1. Advocates for Educational Reform Program (AFER)

Recruit volunteer lawyers to represent underprivileged children in:

  • in St. Louis County Family Court; and
  • in St. Louis County Public school  at suspension hearing;

If you have a legal representation at a school suspension hearing and/or in St. Louis County Family Court, please complete Referral form and/or contact our Legal Help Line at 314.899.0901.  
 

View sample retainer agreement

Recruit NAACP members to serve as mentors for underprivileged children in:

  • in St. Louis County Family Court; and
  • in St. Louis County Public school at suspension hearing; and

If you have an attorney and interested in representing a young person at a school suspension hearing and/or in St. Louis County Family Court, please complete email us at countynaacplegal@gmail.com.  

View sample solicitation letter for volunteer proposed commitment

Hold educational roundtable meetings in Jennings, Ferguson and Normandy


2. Legislative Advocacy

The NAACP St. Louis County Legal Redress Committee will advocate for repeal and/or modification of the following Missouri laws and/or court rule:

Educational Reform

  1. Safe School Act - Until December 31, 2016--Discipline, written policy established by local boards of education--contents--reporting requirements--additional restrictions for certain suspensions--weapons offense, mandatory suspension or expulsion--no civil liability for authorized personnel--spanking not child abuse, when--investigation procedure--officials falsifying reports, penalty.
     
  2. Raise the Age - Missouri is one of nine states that treat all 17 year olds as adults.  This means they go into the adult system, rather than the juvenile system where there are resources and an effort is made to rehabilitate them.  When they go into the adult system (corrections), they are subject to abuse and access to career hardened criminals.
     
  3. Alternative Advocacy Anti-Shackling Legislation - The indiscriminate shackling of youth in juvenile court unnecessarily humiliates, stigmatizes, and traumatizes young persons. The practice impedes the attorney-client relationship, chills juveniles’ constitutional right to due process, runs counter to the presumption of innocence, and draws into question the rehabilitative ideals of the juvenile court.

Missouri Court Reform  

Court Rule - Request that the Missouri Supreme Court adopt a rule concerning juveniles who waive counsel - at present, too many juveniles are being coerced to waive counsel by the juvenile officer.  A proper rule would state that before a juvenile could waive representation by an attorney, the juvenile must first have met with an attorney who informs the child of their rights.  The waiver then must be made on record in front of a judge.  In other words, it must be a knowing and voluntary waiver. 

3. Police Brutality Reform

The NAACP St. Louis County Legal Redress Committee will advocate that the grave miscarriage of injustice caused by police brutality be eradicated by implementing the following local and state legislative reform establishing Training, Accountability and De-Escalation of the Use of Force:

Municipal Reform

Requiring stricter mental health testing, mandatory race relations training and mandatory de-escalation of force training. The Committee will concentrate its efforts on the eleven (11) predominately African American municipalities. To ensure success, the Committee will focus on three municipalities at a time with the first three being Jennings, Ferguson and Normandy.

 

View Municipal Reform Documentation

State Reform

Requiring independent Prosecutor and investigator in all police misconduct cases.

 

View State Reform Documentation

 

 

 

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