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Bell, 19 other prosecutors examining European systems

May 6, 2019

CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) — St. Louis County prosecutor Wesley Bell is among 20 U.S. prosecuting attorneys visiting Germany and Portugal over the next two weeks to learn about what the trip’s organizers call “pioneering criminal justice models in Europe.”

The trip is funded by an organization called Fair and just Prosecution, which says it promotes a “justice system grounded in fairness, equity, compassion and fiscal responsibility.”

The organization said Monday that the prosecutors will, among other things, examine efforts to reduce incarceration in Germany, as well as Portugal’s approach to decriminalize drug abuse.

Bell took office in January after defeating 28-year incumbent Bob McCulloch in the August Democratic primary and running unopposed in November. The former Ferguson city councilman campaigned on a reformist agenda.