Community forum on U.S. prison system offered Nov. 8

A group of Washington University students, in collaboration with the Missouri History Museum and Gephardt Institute of Public Service, will present a two-part community forum on the evolution of the U.S. prison-industrial complex titled “The Criminal Brand: America’s Invisible Class,” at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 8 at the Missouri History Museum.

Drug courts need intervention, says legal expert

Mae Quinn, JD, professor of law at Washington University in St. Louis says drug courts may not be as effective as claimed. “In their zeal to solve problems plaguing our communities, today’s court reformers often overlook important concerns of individual defendants — including their rights to due process of law and zealous representation,” Quinn says.