East St. Louis closes jail over potential health hazard

EAST ST. LOUIS (KPLR) - East St. Louis officials closed the city jail after reports of a potential health hazard.  The closure comes after an unidentified officer filed the complaint.

East St. Louis city leaders say the jail has flooded numerous times and there may be mold inside the jail.  Therefore prisoners will now be housed at the St. Clair County Jail until the facility passes a health inspection.

The city manager says the decision was made in the best interest of the city.

The East St. Louis City Manager, Courtney Logan, released the following statement regarding the City Jail:

“It was brought to the administration’s attention that a potential health hazard existed in the City Jail located in the basement of city hall. Becaus of the nature of the potential hazard, the decision was made to immediately close the jail. It will remain closed until such time as a health inspection can be made what, if any, remedial measures need to be taken. The jail had previously been professionally cleaned by an industrial environmental cleaning service earlier this year. This was the first complaint received since that cleaning has occurred. The City will investigate fully and give an update when further information is available. Until then, the jail will remain closed out of an abundance of caution."

The St. Clair Sheriff says the prisoner transfer will continue until East St. Louis can bring their jail up to standards so they can pass inspection.