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Mayor Lyda Krewson recently tweeted a statement in support of the conditions and functioning of the city’s Medium Security Institution, better known as the Workhouse. But we were not convinced.

On October 7, St. Louis Public Safety Director Jimmie Edwards invited a group of local clergy to tour the Workhouse. We were invited as known faith leaders who had been speaking out in support of the Close the Workhouse campaign, so that Edwards might, with such a tour, persuade us to see the value and importance of the Workhouse. We went on the tour, we listened to the presentation, we asked questions and more questions, but we were not convinced.

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