ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV) – Over the past year and a half, the City Justice Center (CJC) has witnessed uprisings, fights, broken locks and more. Now, family members of those held in prison are facing new concerns.
Brandi Chance said: “These are still human beings and they deserve the basics of being human to keep them alive.
That was Chance’s plea to the public and City of St. Louis. She said one of her family members, who we chose not to identify, had been at CJC for more than six months.
“The problems are always there. I’d say they’ve gotten a lot worse, gradually, over the past three months,” said Chance.
Chance said there was a long list of problems at CJC. That list includes people incarcerated without proper sanitation or hygiene, she said, people held in their cells 23 hours a day, and phones used to call loved ones. unstable work. Her biggest concern, she said, is waiting for medical staff to meet long-time detainees.
Several times a week, inmates cannot get their regular medications, and for some people like diabetics… the lack of those medications can be fatal, explains Chance.
Chance said she believes most of these problems stem from understaffing. Currently, all detainees in St. Louis City is being held downtown at CJC. City leaders tell us no arrests are being made at the Medium Security Institute (MSI). Other leaders told us the short prison was close to 80 correctional officers. Chance argues that the city is also lacking.
“Things that could have been made better and different could be improved now, in a two-year period. They know the problems and they should know how they can be fixed,” says Chance.
News 4 has requested interviews with the city and prison commissioner to address these concerns. We have been informed that because of ongoing litigation, we will not be interviewing about the prison. That is despite the fact that the litigation city officials in question have been active for many years now. Instead, we received the following message:
“St. Repair Department. Louis strives to be fair, firm and consistent in providing care and guardianship. The health and safety of our detainees and staff is always our top priority.”
Chance said she thinks everyday residents should care because their tax dollars are funding the prison.
“They deserve to know that their hard earned money is being used properly and for what, and that’s not represented by what we’re seeing right now,” added Chance. .
We contacted the Arch City defenders several times, who were arguing with the city over the prison, but we never received a response.
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