On the first anniversary of the death of Michael Brown, We Live Here takes stock and asks reporters covering the aftermath: Is the landscape around racial and economic disparities in St. Louis and beyond starting to shift? Can some changes already be seen? Those were the basic questions on the minds of St. Louis Public Radio's reporters as they produced story after story on where we stand and where we might be going.Read More
How does someone adjust to life outside after spending years behind bars?
If you look at the statistics, outcomes for released felons aren't very rosy. In Missouri, almost 32,000 people were locked up or under the supervision of the state prisons system in 2014. Chances of returning after release are substantial. For example, 5,493 people were released from Missouri prisons for the first time in 2009. Of those ex-offenders, roughly half had either returned to prison or were back on parole by 2014.Read More
Susannah Lohr, our illustrator extraordinaire, penned this comic for our show on the collateral consequences that can follow even the slighted brush with the criminal justice system.Read More
We Live Here spent the last several weeks ramping up to explore race in St. Louis and, specifically, how systems intersect with people to createa lot of the inequality in our region ... and around the country.
Now, we are moving from the general to the specific. We will spend the next several months exploring the criminal justice system.Read More