Dozens of inmates set fires, break windows at downtown St. Louis jail

ST. LOUIS, Mo. — Inmates at the City Justice Center downtown smashed out windows and threw debris to the ground below in a disturbance that began about 2:30 a.m. Saturday. A spokesman for the mayor said all the inmates were “back in custody” shortly before 10 a.m. About 115 detainees on the fourth floor of the jail had set fires, flooded floors and clogged toilets, Jacob Long, spokesman for Mayor Lyda Krewson, said. About 65 inmates were being transferred to the Medium Security Institution, also known as the Workhouse, this morning, Long said. Inmates were seen gathered at the shattered window…

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