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Inmates transferred from St. Louis jail after disturbance

December 29, 2020 GMT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Dozens of inmates were transferred out of the St. Louis City Justice Center after they refused to return to their cells Tuesday, officials said.

It was unclear what led the inmates to defy orders beginning Tuesday morning. The situation was resolved by 2:15 p.m., The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported. No one was injured.

Correctional staff and sheriff’s deputies worked to de-escalate the situation, with St. Louis police serving in a support capacity.

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Officials said 56 inmates were transferred to the St. Louis Medium Security Institution, also known as the workhouse, to separate them from other inmates at the justice center.

The workhouse, which can hold up to 860 inmates, had about 100 inmates before the transfer, said Jacob Long, spokesman for Mayor Lyda Krewson.

The city plans to close the workhouse after several years of protests by social rights activists over conditions there. But Krewson said earlier this month that it won’t close by next year as originally planned.