The Latest: Mayor's office: St. Louis jail often inspected
Nov. 13, 2017
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The Latest on a lawsuit alleging "inhumane" conditions at a St. Louis jail (all times local):
The St. Louis mayor's office says a medium-security jail that's the target of a lawsuit over its conditions is inspected multiple times a year and problems are addressed as they arise.
The office of Mayor Lyda Krewson on Monday issued a statement in responses to a lawsuit filed against the jail by former inmates who cited "inhumane conditions," alleging rodent feces in food, infestations of bugs and even snakes, and unbearable overcrowding.
Krewson spokesman Koran Addo says the city Department of Health inspects the jail and the city regularly conducts preventative maintenance.
The federal lawsuit was filed Monday by the nonprofit ArchCity Defenders on behalf of seven former inmates of the St. Louis Medium Security Institution, known as the Workhouse. It seeks closure of the jail and monetary damages.
A lawsuit alleges inmates at a medium-security jail in St. Louis live in "inhumane conditions" that include feces in food, infestations of mice and rodents, and unbearable overcrowding.
The federal suit by the nonprofit ArchCity Defenders was filed Monday on behalf of seven former inmates of the St. Louis Medium Security Institution, known as the Workhouse. It seeks closure of the jail and monetary damages.
A spokesman for Mayor Lyda Krewson declined immediate comment.
Among those filing suit is 43-year-old James Cody of Jefferson City, who was jailed for eight months this year on a probation violation. He says mouse feces is common in cake served at the jail. He says he was in a dorm with 69 other men, all sharing a single working toilet, sink and shower.