St. Louis, Missouri 2021-06-09 23:00:00 –
ST. Louis (KMOV.com)-St. Louis County Prosecutor Wesliebel says the pandemic has created a huge number of unhandled cases and needs additional personnel to help keep the community safe. say.
“The pandemic has caused a myriad of serious problems: a huge amount of unprocessed criminal cases and an increase in case referrals, additional court docks, and a 42% increase in prison population over the past year,” said Bell to St. Louis County. I’m reading a letter to the council.
by letterThere are 678 pending cases before the grand jury, and 1,133 cases set up for preliminary hearings in their office.
“We are waiting in line and patiently waiting in line,” said John Davis, a defense lawyer. He says it’s a problem not only in St. Louis County, but in the region as a whole.
To help cover the unhandled portion of hundreds of cases, Bell has asked county officials to ask the council for a total of $ 796,000 a year for nine additional lawyers and five additional support staff. I will.
Davis says more prosecutors will help, but they can also use more judges and more public defenders.
Bell seeks funding from the American Rescue Planning Act. St. Louis County is expected to receive $ 193 million through these federal funds.
According to a St. Louis County spokesperson, the county council has started a meeting to decide how to spend the money, but no decision has been made.
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