JEFFERSON CITY —Senator Jamilah Nasheed, D-St. Louis, pre-filed legislation, addressing issues pertaining to the deplorable conditions at a St. Louis-area correctional facility, ahead of the Jan. 3 start of the 2018 legislative session.
Over the summer, several constituents of the 5th Senatorial District brought details surrounding the deplorable conditions at the City of St. Louis’ Medium Security Institution, known as the City Workhouse, to the attention of Sen. Nasheed and several other lawmakers across the city and state.
As a result, Sen. Nasheed pre-filed legislation addressing the boarding of prisoners. Current law states the costs for housing prisoners charged by counties and the City of St. Louis is limited to the actual cost of housing. This new proposal would increase the amount given for housing certain inmates to no less than 90 percent of the maximum amount allowed, which is $37.50 per person, per day.
Earlier this year Sen. Nasheed both spoke with and sent a letter to the governor asking for his attention on this matter. The senator described the conversation between her and the governor as encouraging and thanked him for his involvement in improving Missouri’s correctional facilities.
“I believe this legislation is a step in the right direction to ensuring all inmates in St. Louis are provided with fair and livable conditions,” Sen. Nasheed said. “By raising the amount of money paid to the city and county for housing inmates, I believe we can provide them with an appropriate standard of living.”