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35-year-old inmate found dead at St. Louis jail

August 8, 2019

ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis authorities are investigating after an inmate was found dead in the jail known as the City Workhouse.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that a 35-year-old man held since July on a probation revocation order was found unresponsive between 7 a.m. and 8 a.m. Thursday. The man’s name has not been released.

Public Safety Director Jimmie Edwards says there was no indication of violence. A cause of death has not been determined.

Edwards says a drug sweep of the jail has been ordered as a precaution.

The 53-year-old jail has been the focus of a campaign to close it by people who have cited substandard conditions there. Officials say the facility is not inhumane and the allegations are out of date.

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Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, http://www.stltoday.com

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