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Checking in with Commissioner of Corrections following last month's Justice Center escape

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I was curious what if any changes are taking place at the St. Louis Justice Center following the April 22nd escape of two inmates who broke a window and climbed down on bed sheets.

Commissioner of Corrections Gene Stubblefield told me they're still looking at things but this was clearly an isolated situation... No problem with procedure... a jail officer just didn't follow procedure (and he was later charged with felonies for allowing the escapes).

Stubblefield says he's conducting an in-house audit and looking at a new layer of supervision of the jail officers.  When it comes to cell searches and inspections every jail officer will submit a report.  Supervisors will take a sample of them and verify they are accurate. 

Stubblefield believes his jailers were properly supervised but after this incident  hewent back and looked at processes (and is still looking at them) tosee if there are any other potential weaknesses.

It's unclear if there was a conspiracy last month that led to the escape or if the guard was just being lazy by not conducting inmate counts and inspections... Stubblefield says it ultimately comes down to jailer not doing his job and it does not appear major changes are in order at the downtown Justice Center.

Mark Schnyder is a reporter at KMOV-TV.  He can be reached at MSchnyder@kmov.com

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