A security camera, top left, was installed in July on the ceiling of the infirmary at St. Louis County Jail in Clayton, bringing the number of cameras monitoring the facility to 103. Another 40 cameras were to be installed to focus on the inmate housing units.
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CLAYTON – St. Louis County Council voted unanimously on Tuesday to urge St. Louis County Executive Sam Page to launch a full-scale, independent investigation into the county jail.
The council passed a resolution from Lisa Clancy, District D-5e, which supports a long-sought goal of the Justice Services Advisory Board, a group page re-established in 2019 to help turn around the jail after the deaths of five inmates. A recent report from the nonprofit ArchCity Defenders identified seven other inmates who died in the prison between 2009 and 2019.
The advisory board first requested a review on Aug. 28, amid allegations of misconduct that ultimately led to the resignation of director Raul Banasco. Page hired Banasco in November 2019 after a nationwide search to reform the prison.
But Page delayed the request for an external review until the county completed an internal review and interviewed employees.
The results of that investigation, released on Friday, identified a series of complaints against Banasco, but provided few details, saying they were confidential personnel matters that “will be used in future litigation.” The report also cites issues of low morale and lack of training opportunities or long-term strategy.
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