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Ben and Jerry’s co-founder calls to transform the criminal justice system and close St. Louis Workhouse

BURBANK, CA - APRIL 7: Ben & Jerry's co-founder Ben Cohen attend the partnership launch of Ben & Jerry's and The ONE campaign's fight against global poverty at a Ben & Jerry's store April 7, 2008 in Burbank, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

ST. LOUIS – Ben Cohen, the co-founder of Ben And Jerry’s Ice Cream and a political activist will be in St. Louis Wednesday calling for the St. Louis City Workhouse to be closed.

The ” Close the Workhouse ” tour will be held outside Gate B at Chaifetz Arena from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.

Cohen will be joined by Close the Workhouse campaign members and urge residents to demand Mayor Lyda Krewson and the Board of Alders shut down the jail where scores of legally innocent St. Louisans are currently housed, costing the City $16 million a year.

This comes just one day after a federal judge ruled the City of St. Louis must hold a bail hearing for everyone held at the Medium Security Institution and the Justice Center within 48 hours of their arrest.

The judge says the city of St. Louis has violated the rights of hundreds of people who have been detained solely because they can’t pay bail.

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