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Vote on jail oversight now expected next week

The St. Louis Board of Aldermen did not vote Friday on recommendations to allow the creation of committees to oversee city jails. Instead, the board approved a resolution to allow the Public Safety Committee to hold hearings on allegations of human rights abuses – hearings the committee finished May 19.

Alderman Terry Kennedy, who sponsored the resolution calling for hearings, said the board was scheduled to vote on the resolution last week but couldn’t because it had been left off the calendar. Committee chairwoman Phyllis Young went ahead with the hearings because the resolution called for the committee to submit a report by May 22, Kennedy said. The committee is running about a week behind.

Kennedy told the aldermen the report would be on their desks this week so that they can vote on the committee’s recommendations on Friday.

Last week, the committee voted to ask that the Board of Aldermen approve recommendations to create a grievance committee, to which both inmates and corrections officers could voice their complaints, and a policy review committee.

Allegations of abuse perpetrated by corrections officers against inmates arose following an investigation by the American Civil Liberties Union of Eastern Missouri.