7 Articles by: Clark Randall

Clark Randall is an independent writer from St. Louis, now based in Berlin. His work considers questions of race, class, and housing in the United States and internationally.

St. Louis’s Shameful Workhouse Jail Must Be Shut Down

In St. Louis, the demand to defund the police has dovetailed with long-lasting struggles against cash bail and the abuse of prisoners. The Board of Aldermen’s passing of a bill that promises to start closing the city’s most notorious jail reflects the movement’s strength — but also the need for pressure to ensure that abolitionist demands are not watered down into merely cosmetic reforms.