Clark Porter http://news.stlpublicradio.org en New Films Examine Role Of Public Defenders, St. Louis Ex-Con Turned Court Worker http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/new-films-examine-role-public-defenders-st-louis-ex-con-turned-court-worker <p>Two new documentary films showing at the <a href="http://www.cinemastlouis.org/about-festival">St. Louis International Film Festival</a> are taking on the perception and work of public defenders in the criminal justice system.</p><p>“I think the biggest public misconception about public defenders is that we don’t care and we are poor attorneys, poor meaning we don’t do a very good job and we don’t know how to try cases,” said Brandy Alexander, assistant public defender for the 20th Judicial Circuit in Florida.</p> Thu, 14 Nov 2013 22:34:00 +0000 Alex Heuer 31444 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org New Films Examine Role Of Public Defenders, St. Louis Ex-Con Turned Court Worker In Freedom, Ex-Felon Becomes Probation Counselor http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/freedom-ex-felon-becomes-probation-counselor Every weekday, Clark Porter, a tall man with a sturdy build, walks into the Thomas F. Eagleton U.S. Courthouse in St. Louis to work with tough ex-offenders. On the outside, he wears a suit and tie. But on the inside, he has more in common with the former felons than most.<p>Back in 1986, a skinny 17-year-old Porter went on trial there as an adult for robbing a post office at gunpoint. His sentence: 35 years.<p>"The hardest part of prison is when you get into year five," he says. "That's when you start hearing the door close. Tue, 11 Dec 2012 20:44:00 +0000 Julie Bierach 7261 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org In Freedom, Ex-Felon Becomes Probation Counselor Unlikely Secret Weapon: Probation Program Led By Former Felon http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/unlikely-secret-weapon-probation-program-led-former-felon <p></p><p>Clark Porter is a social worker at the Federal Probation Office in St. Louis. Once upon a time, he was a violent felon. But he turned his life around and is now helping ex-offenders on probation do the same.</p><p>In the second of <a href="http://www.news.stlpublicradio.org/post/unlikely-secret-weapon-former-felon-becomes-probation-worker">a two-part series</a>, St. Louis Public Radio’s Julie Bierach reports on a program Porter and a colleague created that’s keeping many ex-offenders out of prison.</p> Fri, 05 Oct 2012 11:24:09 +0000 Julie Bierach 5052 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Unlikely Secret Weapon: Probation Program Led By Former Felon Unlikely Secret Weapon: Former Felon Becomes Probation Worker http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/unlikely-secret-weapon-former-felon-becomes-probation-worker <p>There are thousands of people on federal probation in the St. Louis area. And officials are always looking for ways to keep them from going back to prison, by creating new programs and hiring new people.</p><p>In the first of a two-part series on the federal probation office in the Eastern District, St. Louis Public Radio’s Julie Bierach reports that the office has an unlikely secret weapon.</p> Thu, 04 Oct 2012 11:26:40 +0000 Julie Bierach 4971 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Unlikely Secret Weapon: Former Felon Becomes Probation Worker