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St. Louis aldermanic president says the state owes the city millions for housing prisoners

ST. LOUIS – The President of the St Louis Board of Aldermen Lewis Reed sent a letter to Governor Eric Greitens Monday over state prisoners at the Workhouse and the Downtown Justice Center. Reed says the state has not been sending the city the agreed upon reimbursement amounts for the city housing state prisoners at the Workhouse and Jail. Reed says the state may owe the city up to $20 million dollars.

Reed says the uproar over Elliott Davis' Facebook story about no air conditioning at the Workhouse may have paved the way for officials to go after millions from the State. Reed said the drama over the A/C at the Workhouse got city officials on the same page and that the story that went viral has had an impact among lawmakers in Jefferson City too.

All that may help city officials in their effort to collect the millions owed by the State of Missouri for keeping prisoners who are awaiting trial on state charges or waiting to be sent to state prison.