Non-profit

Fair and Just Prosecution

Website:

fairandjustprosecution.org

Type:

Criminal Justice Policy Advocacy Group

Project of:

Tides Center [6]

Fair and Just Prosecution (FJP) is a left-of-center organization that advocates for changes to criminal justice and law enforcement policy. FJP is a project of the Tides Center, a left-of-center fiscal sponsorship nonprofit and part of the Tides Nexus of liberal pass-through funding groups. [1]

Controversies

According to an investigation by local St. Louis news station KMOV News 4, Fair and Just Prosecution had partially or fully paid for several undisclosed trips taken by St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner since 2017. Gardner previously admitted that in 2017 the group had helped pay for trips she took to New York, Chicago, Seattle, and Philadelphia. However, a city form she filled out that year did not mention those previous trips but indicated she took trips to Atlanta, Cleveland, and Washington D.C. [2] In addition, despite having not reported any trips taken between 2018 and 2019, photos on social media showed that Gardner had traveled to Portugal, Alabama, Connecticut, and Houston during the same period. According to city law in St. Louis, all elected officials must disclose their travel history to the city along with the way they paid for it or face a $500 fine. Sources claim that these trips were “prolific and problematic” in that she would be unreachable during travel and resulted in delayed decisions on issues regarding the budget, grants, and hiring. [3] In response to questions about trips she had taken, Gardner’s office released a statement to News 4 that read:

“Circuit Attorney Gardner refuses to apologize for seeking reasonable opportunities to further her knowledge and access prosecutors from throughout the nation for best practice. The suggestion that she would be persuaded to follow an alternative that is not focused on addressing the root causes of crime for a few plane tickets and hotel rooms is insulting.” [4]

In a statement to News 4, Fair and Just Prosecution did admit to paying the travel and lodging expenses during several trips for officials including Gardner as well as St. Louis county prosecutor Wesley Bell, but did not disclose how many trips for prosecutors they helped with. [5]

References

  1. “Donate.” Fair and Just Prosecution. Accessed July 29, 2020. Original URL: https://fairandjustprosecution.org/about-fjp/donate/. Archived: https://www.influencewatch.org/app/uploads/2020/07/Fair-and-Just-Prosecution-Donate-Page.-Tides-Center.-07.21.20.pdf ^
  2. Trager, Lauren. St. Louis Circuit Attorney hasn’t disclosed trips as required by law, documents show. KMOV4. July 27, 2020. https://www.kmov.com/news/st-louis-circuit-attorney-hasnt-disclosed-trips-as-required-by-law-documents-show/article_bdee8a7a-d05f-11ea-b7c3-079ff4871843.html ^
  3. Trager, Lauren. St. Louis Circuit Attorney hasn’t disclosed trips as required by law, documents show. KMOV4. July 27, 2020. https://www.kmov.com/news/st-louis-circuit-attorney-hasnt-disclosed-trips-as-required-by-law-documents-show/article_bdee8a7a-d05f-11ea-b7c3-079ff4871843.html ^
  4. Reynolds, Jeff. “St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner, Globetrotting With Soros Organizations, Fails to Report Trips.” PJ Media. July 29, 2020. https://pjmedia.com/news-and-politics/jeff-reynolds/2020/07/28/st-louis-circuit-attorney-kim-gardner-globetrotting-with-soros-organizations-fails-to-report-trips-n720694 ^
  5. Reynolds, Jeff. “St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner, Globetrotting With Soros Organizations, Fails to Report Trips.” PJ Media. July 29, 2020. https://pjmedia.com/news-and-politics/jeff-reynolds/2020/07/28/st-louis-circuit-attorney-kim-gardner-globetrotting-with-soros-organizations-fails-to-report-trips-n720694 ^
  6. “Donate.” Fair and Just Prosecution. Accessed July 29, 2020. Original URL: https://fairandjustprosecution.org/about-fjp/donate/. Archived: https://www.influencewatch.org/app/uploads/2020/07/Fair-and-Just-Prosecution-Donate-Page.-Tides-Center.-07.21.20.pdf ^
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