Which Bad Guys are Banned from YOUR 'Hood? New Online Database in City Shows You
|These guys, for example, can't come near residences in Benton Park West.|
St. Louis judges commonly issue "stay-away orders" for criminal defendants as a condition of either their probation or release on bond.
Sometimes, the judge orders offenders to keep away from a specific residence, block, street or kind of business (like a bar, or all Schnucks stores). In other cases, offenders need a probation officer's permission to go certain places. And if they violate these orders, they can be arrested, and possibly thrown in jail.
The info is all public, but up until now, only police officers had easy access to it.
|St. Louis City Circuit Clerk Mariano Favazza|
The database specifies where the defendant cannot tread and for how long. For many (but not all) offenders, you'll see a mugshot and links to other sites where you can track their criminal case or contact their probation officer.
"It's not a magic bullet," says Favazza. "But it balances out the playing field a bit."