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St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner, left, listens as the Rev. Phillip Duvall addresses the importance of diversion programs on Jan. 30, 2019.
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St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner says her office will stop requesting cash bail for many low-level felonies, such as drug possession.

Flanked by criminal-justice reform advocates Wednesday at a church in north St. Louis, Gardner also pledged to boost the number of people accepted into her office’s diversion programs, which combine probation-like requirements with access to services like job training and mental health care to keep people out of jail.