Employee says St. Louis city jail is dangerous place for inmates and officers

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)-An employee with the St. Louis city Justice Center says the jail is an extremely dangerous place for inmates and officers. He says juveniles are housed with violent offenders, including sexual predators.

"You have juveniles housed with adults and these adult offenders are special needs, suicidal, and sex offenders. Tha'`s against the law to house juveniles with adults." said the jail employee who didn't want to be identified.

Two officers have been attacked by inmates within the last few weeks. He says one officer was threatened by inmates and another was stabbed with a shank.

"We had an incident where an officer was stabbed."

He says the other officer was forced to open jail cells so one group of inmates could attack another. "They opened the two cells, attacked the inmates, beat him with the cans of mace until one of the cans burst."

The employee says he mailed letters about the dangerous working conditions to jail administrators and to Mayor Slay at City Hall across the street, but no one has responded.

Jail Commissioner Dale Glass admits eight juveniles, certified as adults, are housed in the same unit as violent offenders.  He made it clear they are separated by partitions with extra security.

"It is housed by three officers. More than any other unit. We have an officer assigned specifically to the juveniles. They are separated by sight and sound." said Jail Commissioner Dale Glass.

Glass also says it's hard to respond to anonymous letters, but takes the allegations raised seriously.

"I'll investigate them as I do always. I have an open door policy. People are free to come to see me, email me, and we discuss those issues."

Glass says one officer was threatened by an inmate and another was cut. Police were called in that incident. Both cases are under investigation.

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