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Inmates complain about conditions amid coronavirus

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Inmates say conditions at St. Louis jails are unsanitary and ripe for the spread of coronavirus, according to documents released Thursday by advocacy groups.

Inmates complained that social distancing guidelines are not being followed and there’s not enough masks or hand sanitizer, according to audio recordings and statements from inmates released by legal advocacy group ArchCity Defenders and Close the Workhouse, a campaign to close the city’s Medium Security Institution.

ArchCity Defenders did not release inmates’ names but provided their sworn statements.

One inmate told ArchCity Defenders that he was put in a cell with blood and mucous on the walls. He asked for disinfectant to clean it but never received supplies.

Several inmates raised concern about lack of soap. One man said he needed to submit a written statement to a nurse in order to get soap and waited weeks for it to arrive.

St. Louis Corrections Commissioner Dale Glass said in a statement that he was unaware of such claims.

“The Division’s Administration and our Health Care Provider has developed a plan consistent with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,” Glass said. “This plan has been reviewed by the Director of the Health Department.”

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