Without A/C, inmates at St. Louis jail scream for help during heat wave – “Most of the inmates housed at the Medium Security Institution have not been convicted of a crime; they are awaiting trial and many simply cannot post bail.”
ST. LOUIS – As temperatures in St. Louis soar toward triple digits, people working and playing across the metro area must find ways to cope with the blistering heat. But the inmates at the Medium Security Institution are at the mercy of Mother Nature.
The facility, built in 1966, can house over 1,100 inmates. Only a few sections of the institution are air conditioned, meaning staffers routinely work in hot spaces. The inmates must rely on vented windows for air circulation.
On Tuesday, reporter Elliott Davis shot video from outside the building in which you can hear several inmates screaming for help. Davis was later asked to leave the property.
Most of the inmates housed at the Medium Security Institution have not been convicted of a crime; they are awaiting trial and many simply cannot post bail.
According to Davis, staffers and newly released inmates have described awful conditions.