A Tour of St. Louis’ ‘Workhouse’ Jail

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By reputation, the St. Louis Workhouse is a mold-infested pit whose 700-plus detainees— nearly all of whom are merely awaiting trial — are drawn from the ranks of the poor, addicted, homeless and mentally ill. Inmates, lawyers and anti-incarceration activists have alleged that medical care is withheld for months and that guards beat inmates and put them against each other in “gladiator-style combat.” In the summer, the cells broil with triple-digit heat, although temporary air-conditioning . . .

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