St. Louis City operates two jails: City Justice Center Downtown and Medium Security Institution (City Workhouse). Close the Workhouse is a campaign to shutter the facility with the greatest problems because two jails are no longer needed. As the data shows, there is tremendous excess capacity operating two jails. Maintenance of two jails is only required if the City contracts to house Federal prisoners or gets in the immigration detention business.
February 17, 2020 Inmate Data
City Justice Center: 860 Capacity, 635 Confined
City Workhouse: 1138 Capacity, 241 Confined
Total Number Confined: 876
Number of City/State Inmates that City is obligated to house: 631
Number of optional Federal Inmates housed by contract: 245
Excess Capacity- if City did not house Federal Inmates, and all City/State Inmates were confined at Justice Center, and Workhouse closed: 139
Make your voice heard. Tell your Alderperson and Board President Lewis Reed to Close the Workhouse. Contact info at end of post.
11 am Tuesday, February 18, 2020
6 pm Wednesday, February 19, 2020
Board of Aldermen
Public Safety Committee
Kennedy Room, City Hall, 1200 Market
Open to the Public
City Online Calendar Notice/Agenda for 11 am Tuesday, February 18th Meeting.
City Online Calendar Notice/Agenda for 6 pm Wednesday, February 19th Meeting.
Public testimony will be heard on Resolution 205 to defund City Workhouse. Sponsor is 9th Ward Alderman Dan Guenther. Co-sponsors are 3rd Ward Alderman Brandon Bosley, 6th Ward Alderwoman Christine Ingrassia, 8th Ward Alderwoman Annie Rice, 15th Ward Alderwoman Megan Green, 18th Ward Alderman Jesse Todd, 20th Ward Alderwoman Cara Spencer, 28th Ward Alderwoman Heather Navarro.
St. Louis City Workhouse News Feed
Close the Workhouse website and Close the Workhouse Facebook page
Close the Workhouse Report 2.0, a plan to close The Workhouse
Members of the BOA Public Safety Committee include: Chair/23rd Ward Alderman Joe Vaccaro, Vice Chair/22nd Ward Alderman Jeffrey Boyd, 5th Ward Alderwoman Tammika Hubbard, 12th Ward Alderman Larry Arnowitz, 14th Ward Alderwoman Carol Howard, 21st Ward Alderman John Collins-Muhammad, 22nd Ward Alderwoman Shameem Hubbard, 27th Ward Alderwoman Pam Boyd. Board President Lewis Reed is a voting member of all BOA committees.
Contact information for all Alderpersons and Board President