Don’t assume activity means progress. Or reform. Or change. If activity meant any of those things St. Louis would be the poster city for protests in a good way, instead of the blueprint for where movements are hijacked, controlled opposition installed, millions of dollars are diverted away from fighting black issues to fund other issues and where prosecutors refuse to advocate for black people whose murders don’t fit their agenda.
St. Louis is experiencing record homicides, the worst in 50 years. Hundreds of bodies piled up. Last estimate was that over 70% of murders are unsolved. 70% of the murderers of black people are still walking free. St. Louis was recently named the capitol of child murders, yet getting murderers off the streets during one of the city’s most violent epidemics isn’t Tishaura’s most pressing issue, closing the Workhouse is. Yes, the Workhouse should be closed and yes many who are held are nonviolent offenders, but closing the Workhouse should not take precedence over public safety, getting violent offenders and murderers off the streets.
Nor should closing the Workhouse make the jail issue worse. The Justice Center already has issues. 2 riots protesting COVID conditions and Kim Gardner’s office delaying trials already this year. This is already a volatile situation, broken locks, complete breakdown. Imagine adding 100+ more prisoners from another facility, some who have beef, others positioning to be top dog… Talk about throwing gasoline on a fire.
They say violent offenders will not be released, but they said that about bailing people out, remember? Memba when the bail reform movement bailed out a man charged with domestic violence who got out and murdered his wife? What constitutes a nonviolent offender? Not being charged with a violent crime doesn’t mean someone is nonviolent, it just means they were arrested for a nonviolent offense, for example an abusive spouse locked up for not paying tickets.
Let’s talk about the impact on offenders, their families and neighborhoods. Where is home? Is there structure, discipline and resources? Are offenders being released because their release fits an agenda or is this a legit effort at trying to help them turn their lives around? Or are they being set up for failure? Are families ready for their return? Do they have resources? Is the community ready? What impact will returning people (many who terrorized their own communities) back to those communities have on those living there?
This can go wrong in so many ways, all foreseeable, yet ignored. Because Black girl magic. And black lives matter. Almost a decade post Ferguson, BLM exposed, still no justice and they just switched the convo from Michael Brown Sr, Samaria Rice and allegations of fraud and misappropriation of funds by BLM to closing the Workhouse.
Movement leaders, elected leaders and orgs came up on the murder of Mike Brown yet none of them are standing in solidarity with Michael Brown Sr.