ArchCity relaunches ‘Pro Se STL’ guides to police, courts and jails

ArchCity Defenders is partnering with St. Louis County Library and Mound City Bar Association to launch an updated version of Pro Se STL, two local guide booklets that provide information for representing oneself in municipal court and for knowing one’s rights with the police and getting out of jail.

The new guides will feature revised information including Rule 33.01, the Missouri Supreme Court’s updated rule regarding cash bail that goes into effect in July. The guide books, “A Guide to Knowing Your Rights with the Police and Getting Out of Jail” and “A Guide to Representing Yourself in St. Louis Municipal Courts,” were first published in June 2018.

Blake Strode, executive director of ArchCity Defenders, said the books help the public “navigate a predatory and stressful criminal legal system of police, courts, and jails” and said the re-launch with St. Louis County Library and Mound City Bar would help them reach more people.

Kristen Sorth, director of St. Louis County Library, said, “ArchCity Defenders is a valuable resource for residents of our region.”

Mound City Bar Association is a nearly 100 year old association of African-American legal professionals. Its President Danielle Carr said the association is “pleased to have the support” of ArchCity and Strode, who serves on the association’s Executive Committee and co-chairs its Community Affairs Committee.

The revised guides are available at   will replace the current ones on May 30, 2019. For more on ACD's Pro Se STL initiative, follow #ProSeSTL. 

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