The public is welcome to attend a criminal justice reform town hall meeting set for 10 a.m. Tuesday at New Life Community Church, 1919 State St. in East St. Louis.
St. Clair County State’s Attorney Brendan Kelly will host the meeting and promote the Offender Accountability Program that’s aimed at preventing crime and recidivism. A statement from Kelly’s office said the program is one of a handful of alternative crime prevention initiatives Kelly and other members of the Illinois Criminal Justice and Sentencing Reform Commission have studied. Gov. Bruce Rauner appointed Kelly to that commission in March.
“Our state and our nation are realizing that criminal justice and social justice are one in the same, and that our approaches to accountability and sentencing should reflect that,” Kelly said in the statement.
Doors open at 8 a.m.