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70 Million – Forget Reform, They Want Abolition

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This week on Making Contact we’re taking you to St. Louis, Missouri with the Podcast 70 Million to learn about the city’s ongoing efforts to re-imagine public safety beyond incarceration. Organizers in St. Louis have given up on trying to simply reform the criminal legal system. Now, they’re working to abolish it. And they’re starting with the closure of the “Medium Security Institution” known as the “Workhouse.” For more than a century, this St. Louis jail has been known for incarcerating people unable to pay their bail, and has come to represent the criminalization of the poor.

Image Credit: Joe Martinez

Image Caption: Mike Milton at the Freedom Community Center in St. Louis, MO.

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Featuring:

Inez Bordeaux – an organizer with the campaign to Close the Workhouse.

Tishuara Jones – St. Louis’s first Black woman mayor

Cori Bush – U.S. congresswoman

Kayla Reed – co-founded and now leads Action St. Louis,

Mike Milton – The founder of The Freedom Community Center (FCC)

 

Credits:

70 Million Staff: 

Episode Reporter Chad Davis and co-reporter Carolina Hidalgo. Executive Editor: Jen Chien, Host: Mitzi Miller, Jimmy Gutierrez, Managing Editor, Cedric Wilson, Lead Producer & Sound Designer, Elizabeth Nakano, Sound Designer, Mark Betancourt, Lead Fact Checker, Sarah McClure, Fact Checker, Michelle Baker, Photo Editor, Emma Forbes, Staff Writer & Designer, Manuela Bedoya, Social Media Editor, and Executive Producer: Juleyka Lantigua

The Making Contact Team

  • Interim Executive Director: Jessica Partnow
  • Staff Producers: Anita Johnson, Amy Gastelum, Salima Hamirani

   

Music Credits:

  • Blue Dot Session – 3rd Chair
  • Blue Dot Session – Velejo
  • Blue Dot Session – 3rd Chair
  • Audiobinger – The Garden State

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