Inside the St. Louis Workhouse: Conditions, treatment and time served remain under scrutiny

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This story was selected as a finalist in the 2018 ArchCity Defenders “Excellence in Poverty” Awards! 

St. Louis public safety officials want city residents to know people jailed at the St. Louis Medium Security Institution are treated humanely despite allegations to the contrary.

In March, the mayor’s spokesman invited reporters to tour the jail — commonly known as the Workhouse — after weeks of requests for access from local press. A pending lawsuit against the jail by ArchCity Defenders alleges inhumane conditions, including poor ventilation, rodent and insect infestation and problems with black mold.

Public Safety Director Jimmie Edwards and Corrections Commissioner Dale Glass fended off the claims in the lawsuit. Check out the full story

By Ashley Lisenby, St. Louis Public Radio


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