city jails

Gene Stubblefield
2:20 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Attorneys Argue Over Fate Of Former City Corrections Commissioner

Gene Stubblefield appeared with his former attorney in front on the Board of Aldermen in October 2011. He has sued the city, seeking a return to his old job as corrections commissioner.
Credit (Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

The fate of the city of St. Louis 's former corrections commissioner is now in the hands of Judge Robert Dierker.

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Stubblefield lawsuit
11:02 am
Thu September 13, 2012

Former St. Louis corrections commissioner sues for discrimination

Gene Stubblefield, shown here with his attorney in October 2011, has sued over his December 2011 firing.
(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

Updated at 1:00 p.m. with comments from the city.

The former corrections commissioner for the city of St. Louis has sued over his firing, claiming it was racially motivated.

Gene Stubblefield filed the suit today. He was fired Dec. 11, a decision upheld last month by the city's Civil Service Commission, whose members are the plaintiffs.

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Stubblefield fired
3:26 pm
Fri August 17, 2012

City commission upholds firing of former St. Louis jail official

Gene Stubblefield answers questions at a meeting of the Public Safety committee on Oct. 25, 2011. The city's Civil Service Commission upheld his firing this week.
(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

The St. Louis city Civil Service Commission has upheld the dismissal of former city corrections commissioner Gene Stubblefield.

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Morning round-up
8:23 am
Mon June 18, 2012

Morning headlines - Monday, June 18 2012

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Guards charged with assault for inmate fight

Two guards at the medium security jail in St. Louis City are facing burglary and assault charges for allegedly arranging to have one inmate at the workhouse beat up another.

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ACLU / City of St. Louis
3:01 pm
Wed January 25, 2012

ACLU files suit against city of St. Louis over jail records

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The American Civil Liberties Union has filed suit against the city of St. Louis, asking a judge to make the city turn over jail records related to inmate grievances.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the suit filed Wednesday accuses the city's corrections division of ignoring repeated requests over the past four months for records under the Missouri Sunshine Law.

The suit seeks an injunction forcing release of the records. It also asks the judge to find the city in violation of the law and to impose civil penalties.

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St. Louis County Jail repairs
2:41 pm
Mon January 9, 2012

St. Louis County jail roof needs $394,000 in repairs

The St. Louis County Jail is located in the Buzz Westfall Justice Center in Clayton, Mo.
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The St. Louis County Public Works department is asking the County Council for permission to use more than $394,000 in unspent funds to make emergency repairs to the roof of the county jail.

Public works spokesman David Wrone says a hailstorm last spring punched pin-sized holes in the membrane of the roof. Resulting water leaks damaged mechanical and electrical equipment, as well as left some day rooms and cells on the 8th floor unusable.

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Stubblefield speaks
5:28 pm
Tue October 25, 2011

Stubblefield speaks on jails for first time since suspension

A Tuesday hearing of the public safety committee was the first time suspended corrections commissioner Gene Stubblefield (L) answered questions about recent jail breaks. His attorney, Sherrie Schroder, is at right.
(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

The highest-ranking city official to face discipline so far for problems at the St. Louis jails spent four hours under oath today, giving his perspective on the situation that led to four escapes in 15 months.

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Jail escapes testimony
5:01 pm
Mon October 17, 2011

Committee grills Bryson on jail staffing, budget

Charles Bryson testifies under oath in front of the Public Safety Committee of the Board of Aldermen on Oct. 17, 2011.
(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

The head of the public safety department of the city of St. Louis spent nearly two hours on the hot seat today, facing questions under oath about the management of the two jails under his control.

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Jail investigation
3:58 pm
Fri October 7, 2011

Report finds "systemic failure of leadership" at St. Louis jails

A preliminary review of the St. Louis corrections department finds "numerous weaknesses" in the management, physical structure and operations of the two jails the department oversees.

Six inmates have escaped from the facilities in the last 15 months. Three of the four escapes took place within five months of each other.

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Washington Co. jail
4:04 pm
Wed July 13, 2011

Former head of rural Mo. jail sentenced to 10 years in prison

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The former head of the jail in rural Washington County, Mo. will spend 10 years in federal prison and three more on supervised release for violating the civil rights of four inmates housed in his jail.

A jury convicted Vernon Wilson in March of beating two inmates and arranging for the beating of two others. One victim of those orchestrated beatings, who was in the jail on a bad check charge, had to be hospitalized.

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