federal probation Eastern District of Missouri http://news.stlpublicradio.org en 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