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CLOSE THE WORKHOUSE CAMPAIGN RELEASES PLAN TO PERMANENTLY CLOSE THE CITY’S INFAMOUS MEDIUM SECURITY JAIL

ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI – SEPTEMBER 13, 2018 - Today a report titled “CLOSE THE WORKHOUSE: A PLAN TO CLOSE THE WORKHOUSE & PROMOTE A NEW VISION FOR ST. LOUIS” by the campaign also called “Close the Workhouse”. Led by survivors of the infamous St. Louis City Medium Security jail launched the campaign in the spring of 2018.

Following the Sudden Death of Louis “Lynn” Payton at the Workhouse, Family Members Raise Questions and Urge Workhouse to Close at Press Conference

ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI - AUGUST 8, 2018 - At a press conference, family members of the late Louis “Lynn” Payton raised questions about Louis’s unexpected death in the Workhouse, shared their concerns about the City’s lack of transparency, and called for the permanent closure of the Workhouse.

ADVISORY: Following the Sudden Death of Louis “Lynn” Payton at the Workhouse, Family Members Raise Questions and Urge Workhouse to Close at Press Conference

ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI 

On Wednesday, August 8, 2018 at Apostles Church (4515 Evans), family members of the late Louis Payton will raise questions and concerns about his unexpected death and advocate for the permanent closure of the Workhouse. Despite multiple attempts to contact City officials within the Public Safety Department, St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, and the Medium Security Institution, the family lacks answers to several critical questions pertaining to Mr. Payton’s death.

 

July 4th Rally and Launch of the "Close The Workhouse" Campaign

ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI - JULY 4, 2018 -  Survivors of St. Louis City’s Medium Security Institution, “the Workhouse,” and their allies commemorate the 4th of July by launching a new campaign to Close the Workhouse. On a day that celebrates justice, freedom, and liberty, hundreds rallied to demand that the city permanently shut down the notoriously hellish Workhouse, reduce the number of people in St. Louis jails, and redirect jail spending to support services in the city’s impacted communities.