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New evidence in recent jail escapes places blame on lack of staffing

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ST. LOUIS (KMOV) – New evidence surfaced on Thursday that there may be someone else to blame for recent escapes from jails run by St. Louis City.

Four inmates have escaped this year, with the latest happened just last weekend.

The city’s corrections commissioner has been suspended.

News 4 obtained memos and documents purported to be from the now suspended corrections commissioner to his boss. Gene Stubblefield in the documents indicated he was trying to alert his superiors to problems with running the jails and leadership in the Department of Public Safety as far back as 2008.

The documents were written by Stubblefield to public safety director Charles Bryson.

Many of the vacant positions Stubblefield writes about are supervisor and manager positions, some of these he calls critical for operations, but were lost in budget cuts.

One document in particular from April of 2011 states the jails can become a dangerous place without appropriate managerial staffing.

Attempts to reach Charles Bryson, the director of public safety, were unsuccessful. The mayor’s office said he was unavailable Thursday night and instead suggested contacting Bryson’s boss, operations director Sam Dotson.

Dotson points out that none of the escapes at the jails have been blamed on staffing, but rather human error and building design flaws.

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