St. Louis ‘Workhouse’ empty, city officials tell News 4

Published: Jun. 14, 2022 at 7:31 PM CDT
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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV) - The Medium Security Institution, also known as the “Workhouse,” is empty of inmates, city officials told News 4.

A city official initially said the facility was closed May 26 and the remaining inmates were moved to the City Justice Center (CJC) downtown. However, another official later told News 4 the city will be “holding on to it as a contingency space in case we need it”.

Jones promised to close the facility when she ran for mayor after allegations were made about poor conditions. Her decision to close the Workhouse was controversial among some St. Louis elected officials.

However, some inmates were kept at the Workhouse after unrest broke out at the CJC, which has been undergoing upgrades.