Neighborhood Impact Statements

 

One of the most powerful crime fighting tools is an active, engaged neighborhood.  The Circuit Attorney’s Office can use information from residents and businesses in court.  When residents, visitors or businesses supply Neighborhood Impact Statements about how a particular crime or conduct has impacted them or their neighborhood, that statement can be used to help the Court understand a particular case.  The Circuit Attorney uses that information both at bond hearings and at sentencing to help the Court realize the real-life ripple effect of crime.  A sample Neighborhood Impact Statement is included on this site.  Please note that in order to submit a Neighborhood Impact Statement, you must be trained by a staff member of the Circuit Attorney's Office.  Please contact the Community Affairs Bureau by email or by calling 314-622-4941 to schedule a training session.

Please note that we cannot except Neighborhood Impact Statements via email.  All impact statments must be hand delivered to our office, faxed to 314-622-3369 or mailed to 1114 Market Street, Room 401, St. Louis, MO 63101.

 

Consider how crimes, such as the one you are referencing, have:

  • affected your neighborhood/community
  • affected area business
  • affected property value
  • affected residents and their children

 

Here is some information about the content your Neighborhood Impact Statement should include:

  • Format:

              Honorable Judge XYZ
              Division #
              22nd Judicial Circuit

              Re: State vs. defendant’s name, Cause No.

              Dear Judge XYZ:

 

  • Basic rules:
    • Always respectful to the Court
    • No insults to a particular defendant
    • No insults to a particular defense attorney
    • Can never tell a judge what to do, can only tell them how a crime has impacted you or your neighborhood
    • Do not have to give your address
    • Some judges may require signed letters (if so try to get a petition form)

 

  • Sample ideas (consider one or more of these):
    • Citizen of Forest Park Southeast
    • How long you lived or worked in FPSE
    • How drug dealing impacts FPSE:
      • people leave area rather than deal with traffic
      • vandalism
      • constant foot/vehicle traffic
      • trash
      • fear of threats
      • fear of robbery
      • loss of businesses
      • loss of confidence in system and police
    • personal stories of drug deals or use you’ve witnessed

 

  • Ending:
    • Ask judge to consider impact of drug use/dealing in FPSE in his/her sentence
    • Thank judge for allowing you to speak or reading your letter
    • Close with "Respectfully yours".

Click the below PDF document for a sample Neighborhood Impact Statement