SLCL Presents Tony Messenger

Friday, December 10th, 7pm CST
St. Louis County Library Headquarters

St. Louis County Library, HEC Media, and Left Bank Books present Tony Messenger, “Profit and Punishment: How America Criminalizes the Poor in the Name of Justice.”


As a columnist for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Tony Messenger has spent years in county and municipal courthouses documenting how poor Americans are convicted of minor crimes and then saddled with exorbitant fines and fees. If they are unable to pay, they are often sent to prison, where they are then charged a pay-to-stay bill, in a cycle that soon creates a mountain of debt that can take years to pay off. These insidious penalties are used to raise money for broken local and state budgets, often overseen by for-profit companies, and it is one of the central issues of the criminal justice reform movement. In “Profit and Punishment,” Messenger has written a call to arms, exposing an injustice that is agonizing and infuriating in its mundane cruelty. 


Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

Books for signing will be available for purchase from Left Bank Books. Curbside pick-up, in-store pick-up, and shipping available.

Friday, December 10, 2021 - 7:00pm
1640 S. Lindbergh Blvd.
Saint Louis, MO 63131
Profit and Punishment: How America Criminalizes the Poor in the Name of Justice Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250274649
Availability: On Our Shelves (Note - We update this inventory once per day.)
Published: St. Martin's Press - December 7th, 2021