Inform Defendants of Right to Counsel
Municipal courts shall inform all defendants of their
right to counsel and must obtain an informed waiver
if defendants choose to proceed pro se. If a defendant
requests counsel but cannot afford representation, the
court shall appoint an attorney when constitutionally
or statutorily required. Municipal courts shall provide
attorneys for all minors and in additional instances where
doing so is consistent with their policies.
FTF Co-Chairs and Community Partners Call for Swift Policy Action
Residents Call for Policy Change, Regional Leaders Must Rise to the Challenge Forward Through Ferguson co-chairs, Rebeccah Bennett and Zachary Boyers, and 30 community partners call on policy and decision makers to deliver swift action on Ferguson Commission Calls to Action. Read the full statement on Medium, or download a pdf here. “Unfortunately, we’ve been…
Opportunity for a New Approach to Public Safety in St. Louis
An open letter to Mayor Lyda Krewson from Rebeccah Bennett and Zachary Boyers, Co-chairs of Forward Through Ferguson, on the public safety opportunity in front of our region. Click here to download a pdf of the open letter. Mayor Krewson, The retirement of Police Chief Sam Dotson represents a new day for public safety in St. Louis….