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Suspended corrections director blames budget cuts for recent jail escapes

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ST. LOUIS (KMOV) – The recent jail escapes of six inmates over the past 18 months has led to a lot of finger-pointing at city hall, and the suspended corrections director laid the blame on budget cuts by the mayor’s office.

Eugene Stubblefield says the jails are not secure, and that he saw all of this coming several years ago.

Both sides in this debate claim politics are motivating the dispute, but Stubblefield says his staff was cut despite warnings that security was deteriorating.

The suspended director painted a scary picture of conditions inside St. Louis’ two jail facilities. He told the public safety committee that the workhouse has 26 fewer corrections officer now than it did three years ago.

When asked to rate security at the facility on a scale from one to 10 with 10 being the best, he gave a four.

Public Safety Director Charles Bryson and his boss Sam Dotson were the targets of most of the criticism. Alderman Greg Carter called for the hearings on the escapes, and he says the mayor’s office needs to stop putting all the blame on Stubblefield.

The report issued by Dotson last month says poor management led to the escapes. It says posts were covered on all shifts, even if it meant millions in overtime.

The public service commission will decide if Stubblefield keeps his job.

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