Capacity issues at Metro East jail gave accused child predator c -

Capacity issues at Metro East jail gave accused child predator chance to repeat abuse

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By Sarah Heath By Sarah Heath

(KMOV)- News 4 investigates after a man was released on bond for sexually abusing a child only to be arrested again for committing a similar crime.

Quincy ware, 45, is awaiting a trial in St. Clair County after being arrested on accusations of sexually abusing a 2-year-old.

News 4 talked with Illinois State’s Attorney Brendan Kelly on the reason Ware was able to walk out of jail the first time.

The St. Clair Sheriff Rick Watson deals with a capacity issue daily. “Part of the problem is if we’re at capacity, we just can’t keep people here,” Watson added.

The county jail is currently housing 425 prisoners, well over its capacity of 350.

Quincy Ware was able to get out of jail the first time after a judge approved lowering his bond.

Kelly told News 4’s Matt Sczesny he was originally against lowering Ware’s bond on the first sexual assault charge in East St. Louis.  He also said judges can also consider the county’s ability to house prisoners when deciding to lower bond.

Sheriff Watson says it’s a topic that has come up before.  Watson says architects are now looking at ways to expand the jail but any solutions are still a couple of years away.

In the meantime, the crowded conditions seem to be putting a strain on the justice system.

Ware is currently in the St. Clair County Jail. 

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