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Mug Shot Reform | A Day Without Water

Blue River Postcard
The Kansas City Public Library
Mrs. Sam Ray Postcard Collection
The Blue River in Kansas City has been a destination of recreation for more than a century. This post card from 1912 depicts how locals used the waterway then.

Newsrooms in Kansas City and around the country are rethinking the way they use mugshots, and a new campaign is kicking off to promote the value of clean water in urban areas.

Segment 1, beginning at 3:58: The Kansas City Star and 41 Action News have recently enacted new policies for using police mug shots.

Mug shots, which often carry an implication of guilt prior to sentencing, have disproportionately affected communities of color and lower income. "This is really just about us listening to the community, and having more transparency and accountability with how we use these photos," said Dia Wall, of 41 Action News.

Segment 2, beginning at 29:02: The Heartland Conservation Alliance is participating in "Imagine a Day Without Water."

This national campaign encourages people to consider the importance of clean water for conservation, recreation and everyday life. In addition to awareness, the campaign focuses on education and developing better green infrastructure in places like Kansas City.

Steve Kraske is the host of KCUR's Up To Date. Follow him on Twitter @stevekraske.
Mackenzie Martin makes podcasts for KCUR Studios. You can find her on Twitter @_macmartin.
Luke X. Martin is an assistant producer for KCUR's Up To Date.
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