Engaging Minds & Hearts

Contemporary Issues Class

First Baptist Church won’t tell you WHAT to think about today’s big issues, but we do want you TO THINK about them. And we’d love for you to join us on these upcoming Sundays as our CONTEMPORARY ISSUES CLASS grapples with the biggest concerns of our time. — Barb and Bernie Drake Co-Chairs

Jail And Prison Reform

Recovery Courts as Alternatives to Jail or Prison

Sunday, October 30, 2022 — 11:15 am in the Sanctuary

SPEAKER: Michael E. Brandt

Our provocative program uses the term “recovery courts.” This refers to drug courts,  mental health courts, veterans’ courts, and courts for  those convicted of driving under the influence. The idea is to give those arrested for those reasons the help they need to avoid future problems – rather than just throwing them in jail.

Our speaker,  Michael E. Brandt, is a practicing attorney who concentrates in criminal defense, traffic defense and expungement of criminal records. He previously served as Peoria County assistant prosecutor, assistant public defender, and civil court judge, including one term as chief circuit judge. He also taught law at Illinois Central College and Bradley University. The retired judge is a board member of the Center for Prevention of Abuse and the Illinois Children’s Justice Task Force. He handles no-fee civil cases through Prairie State Legal Services and is a member of the Illinois Judges Association Pro Bono Committee.

Please join us at 11:15 in the sanctuary to learn about this critical and difficult issue.

Barb and Bernie Drake, Class Chairmen