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Troupe wants changes at prisons

December 7, 1999
By: Aaron Cummins
State Capital Bureau

A St. Louis lawmaker will file two bills that he says would lead to positive changes at Missouri prisons. Aaron Cummins has that story from Jefferson City--

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Representative Charles Quincy Troupe says conditions at the prisons are, in his words, barbaric.

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Contents: Troupe says the inmates are being exploited, especially as related to rape.

One of Troupe's bills would create an independent ombudsman who would investigate problems within the prison system.

Troupe says an independent investigator is the only way to fix problems when they arise.

He says an impartial examiner will shed light on what is really going on in the state's prisons.

From the capitol, I'm Aaron Cummins.


Missouri's prisons will change if a St. Louis lawmaker gets his way. Aaron Cummins has more from Jefferson City--

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State Representative Charles Quincy Troupe will file two bills dealing with problems he sees in the Corrections Department.

One would create an independent ombudsman who would investigate problems within the system.

The other would make it a crime for prison employees to have sex with inmates.

Troupe says the bills will allow the state to see what's really going on in the prisons.

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Contents: Troupe says often autopsy records are shielded by the department. He says the this is wrong because autopsy reports are public record.

Troupe says the ombudsman could stop secrecy within the system. From the state capitol, Aaron Cummins reporting.