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News 4 investigates why 30 million dollars of taxpayer money isn't enough to keep inmates locked up

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By KMOV Web Producer By KMOV Web Producer
By KMOV Web Producer By KMOV Web Producer

(KMOV) - Lorenzo Pollard is in police custody after escaping from the city workhouse 3 days ago.

St. Louis City city residents want to know why more than 30 million dollars of taxpayer money isn't enough to keep these bad guys from busting out of jail. 14.8 million dollars of your money pays for the city workhouse. Almost 18 million helps operate the City Justice Center.

Within the past 15 months, 4 inmates have escaped from both jails. 3 from the workhouse and 1 from the justice center. Mayor Francis Slay admits there is a huge problem. On his blog he says, "The current system at the jails is unacceptable. Keeping the prisoners inside the jails is the barest minimum requirement and it has not been met. Looking forward, changes are needed."
 
In charge of those changes is Operations Director, Sam Dotson. Change #1 he says is leadership at both jails. Dotson also admits the correctional officers need more training. Why weren't 12 officers enough to stop this man friday night?
 
Just a few hours before Pollard escaped Friday night, the city's corrections commissioner was suspended over his management of both jails.                 

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