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City installs air conditioning units for Workhouse

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The City of St. Louis has signed a one-month contract to provide air conditioning units to St. Louis jail. The City of St. Louis has signed a one-month contract to provide air conditioning units to St. Louis jail.
ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

Prisoners and protesters pushed for it, and now, relief from the heat is heading to "The Workhouse."

St. Louis City has placed orders for portable air conditioning units to be installed at the Medium Security Institution (MSI), also known as the Workhouse. Skyzoom4 was flying over the justice center on Monday as temporary A/C units were being installed.

Five units ranging from 25 to 50 tons are being installed to bring relief to the older sections of the facility that lack air conditioning, according to a statement from Mayor Lyda Krewson's office.

Mayor Krewson said in the statement, "I support air conditioning at MSI for the health and safety of everyone who is in that jail. Once my administration determined that temporary air conditioning was a viable solution, I ordered that temporary air conditioning units be installed as soon as possible."

The city will pay $40,000 for one month of use while they look for a more permanent solution.

After hearing the cries of inmates at the jail during extremely hot conditions, the City of St. Louis negotiated a one-month contract to provide air conditioning to the facility. 

During the days of extreme heat in St. Louis, officials said they developed a heat safety plan for the inmates by having cooling stations and round-the-clock medical help in case there are any heat-related illnesses. 

Thursday, Aldermanic President Lewis Reed said he had started seeking emergency cooling options for the Workhouse. But the expense would come from city emergency funds.

Meanwhile, local activists and organizers have launched a national fundraising effort to bail out as many people as possible from the jail. Local organizations St. Louis Action Council, Arch City Defenders and the National Bail Out Fund are leading the effort. 

According to a Facebook post from the St. Louis Action Council, over 100 bail requests have been received and bail has already been posted for at least 16 people.

Over the weekend, three people were arrested in protests over the lack of air conditioning. Police said two officers were injured by debris that was thrown by the protesters. 

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