Unlike many states, Missouri doesn’t have a rule for heating and cooling its prisons and jails.
That's an issue during one of Missouri's hottest summers on record.
In a statement today, St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson excused the lack of air conditioning with the promise of things like water and ice, an intermittent supply of sports drinks, and limitations on physical activity.
Oh, and “education regarding heat dangers.” Finally, an educational program in prisons!
How to help get some AC into The Workhouse
If you're in St. Louis, join a protest tonight (Friday, July 21) at 7pm outside The Workhouse.
Contact St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson (314.622.3201) and Public Safety Director Charlene Deeken (314.622.3391) to demand adequate air conditioning in the facility.
Some of the inmates are currently being held at the Workhouse simply because they can’t afford bail. According to the National Bail Out project, the St. Louis Bail Out chapter has already bailed out 16 inmates – but has requests for help from more than 100 families. Donate to the local bail out.