Close the Workhouse

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Mayor’s office, organization leaders write letters to St. Louis aldermen about the Workhouse—-St. Louis American, March 15, 2019

Feeling the heat from the ClosetheWorkhouse Campaign’s March 7 public meeting Mayor’s Office Tells Board of Alders It Cannot Close the Workhouse. Close the Workhouse Claps Back.

Krewson, Edwards need to join emerging reform coalition—-St. Louis American, March 14, 2019

The Public Defender and the Circuit Attorney agree. but Public Safety Director Jimmie Edwards and Mayor Lyda Krewson are obstacles to closing the workhouse.

Circuit attorney, public defender work together against pretrial detention-St. Louis American, March 14, 2019

At the Close the Workhouse panel, St. Louis city’s public defender, circuit attorney and organization leaders formed a united front, saying that they are working together to keep nonviolent offenders out of jail while awaiting their trials. And if their efforts continue to lower the jail population, then the city can finally close the Workhouse, which has been long criticized for poor, inhumane conditions.


Messenger: The math adds up, says head public defender in St. Louis – close the Workhouse—-St. Louis Post Dispatch, March 10, 2019

Paying Bail in St. Louis? Better Have $45,000 Cash, on a Weekday—-Riverfront Times, February 7, 2019

Close the Workhouse calls for the end of wealth based pretrial detention but while we work towards that goal, should people be denied their freedom just because the City doesn’t want to pay people to work after 4:00 or on the weekends? Should loved ones have to carry around massive amounts of cash to post bail?

Messenger: In Missouri, the road to debtors' prison starts with cash bail—-St. Louis Post Dispatch February 1, 2019

The use of cash bail destroys lives and does not protect public safety. Two days after ArchCity Defenders, Advancement Project, Civil Rights Corps, and Institute for Constitutional Advocacy and Protection filed suit against the City of St. Louis and the judges of the 22nd Judicial Circuit Court, Tony Messenger writes about the impact of cash bail on poverty in Missouri.

Court Reform Advocates Question Use Of Pretrial Ankle Monitoring in St. Louis—-St. Louis Public Radio, January 10, 2019

Digital prisons and Ecarceration are not the solution; this is wealth based detention and the expansion of the carceral state under a different name.

For Decades, This St. Louis Jail Held Hundreds of Impoverished Black People. Activists Are Working to Shut It Down—-The Root, October 1, 2018

Four years after the death of Michael Brown, a groundswell of grassroots activism shaped by the Ferguson Uprising may finally achieve the goal of permanently shutting the Workhouse down.

GRASSROOTS ORGANIZATIONS ARE LEADING THE WAY ON CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM—-Pacific Standard, August 14, 2018

St. Louis Workhouse Getting A/C as Inmates Beg for Heat Relief—-Riverfront Times, July 22, 2017

ArchCity Defenders, Action St. Louis, and Decarcerate St. Louis raise money to bail people out of jail suffering as temperatures reach 117 without airconditioning.

Heat, mold, rats and spiders: Former workhouse inmates sue St. Louis over 'hellish' conditions—-St. Louis Post-Dispatch, November 13, 2017

Following bail outs by ArchCity Defenders and Action St. Louis, ArchCity files suit against the City for the hellish conditions in the Workhouse.

March 7, 2019. Public Meeting for Close the Workhouse. Montague Simmons, lead organizer of Close the Workhouse;Kayla Reed, Director of Action St. Louis; Blake Strode, Executive Director ArchCity Defenders; Kim Gardner, Circuit Attorney City of St. Louis; Mike Milton, Site Manager of The Bail Project-St. Louis; Mary Fox, District Defender, City of St. Louis.

March 7, 2019. Public Meeting for Close the Workhouse. Montague Simmons, lead organizer of Close the Workhouse;Kayla Reed, Director of Action St. Louis; Blake Strode, Executive Director ArchCity Defenders; Kim Gardner, Circuit Attorney City of St. Louis; Mike Milton, Site Manager of The Bail Project-St. Louis; Mary Fox, District Defender, City of St. Louis.