Charles Bryson

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    June 5, 2014
  • Blogs

    January 11, 2013

    How to Campaign for Mayor Under the Radar

    To apply some wisdom from John Goodman's character in The Big Lebowski, political campaigning is not like 'Nam. It's like bowling. There are rules. If you distribute campaign material in Missouri, for example, you must announce who's paid for it. And if you're already an elected official, you can't ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 25, 2012

    New Court Filing Details "Gladiator-Style Combat" in City Workhouse

    Attorneys for eight current and former inmates of the St. Louis Medium Security Institution have just filed an amended complaint that sheds new light on allegations of an ongoing fight club. The federal class action suit names five guards for their involvment, and charges both current and former di ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 29, 2012

    ACLU Wins Sunshine Lawsuit Against St. Louis Corrections

    During its efforts to improve the way inmates can complain about abuse, neglect, or poor conditions in the city's workhouse, the American Civil Liberties Union of Eastern Missouri hit a brick wall. When the inquiry started, they were cooperating with then-Corrections Commissioner Gene Stubblefield. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 27, 2012

    Bryson Demoted From Public Safety Director Post Days Before Correction Commish's Hearing

    Charles Bryson​On Friday the mayor's office demoted Charles Bryson from his post as Public Safety Director and assigned him to his previous job, a neighborhood specialist for the administration. The move comes days before the civil service commission is to hold a hearing to examine whether Correct ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 25, 2011

    Jail-Break Testimony: Mismanagement Fueled Staffing Woes

    St. Louis City Justice Center​The way Director of Personnel Richard Frank painted it in his testimony at Monday's jail break hearing, the corrections division is a staffing mess, frantically scrambling each day to fill the necessary posts. That's because of an interconnected set of factors that to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 18, 2011

    "That Is Not a Smooth Move, My Brother": Bryson Stumbles Through Jail Break Testimony

    Albert SamahaAlderman Antonio French (right) and the rest of the Public Safety Committee picked apart Bryson's testimony for more than two hours.​Director of Public Safety Charles Bryson brought around ten corrections officials with him for his testimony at the Board of Aldermen Public Safety Comm ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 14, 2011

    Jail Break Investigation Hearing Set for Monday

    The Public Safety Committee hearing seeks to find who should be ultimately held responsible for the recent string of jail breaks.​A hearing to investigate the recent string of jail breaks is scheduled for Monday, said 27th Ward Alderman Greg Carter, chairman of the Public Safety Committee. The inv ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 11, 2011

    Director of Operations' Jail Break Report to Mayor Ignores Stubblefield Memos

    Updated 3:35 p.m. to show that Dotson expects to issue a follow-up report in a few weeks.Image viaSt. Louis City Justice Center​In his report to the mayor on "The Status of the Department of Corrections," dated September 29, Director of Operations Sam Dotson concludes, "I strongly believe that rep ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 7, 2011

    Board of Aldermen Public Safety Committee to Investigate Jail Breaks

    ​The Board of Aldermen passed a resolution today to investigate the city's corrections division, particularly the string of four jail breaks in the past fifteen months. The investigation will be handled by the Board's Public Safety Committee, which is chaired by 27th Ward Alderman Greg Carter.The ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 27, 2011

    Jailbreak Timeline: Suspended Correction Commissioner's Memos Warned of Jails' Vulnerability for Months

    Image via"We have a major public safety responsibility and jails can become a dangerous place to live and work without an appropriate managerial staffing pattern," Stubblefield told Bryson in April.​It's easy to understand why Division of Corrections Commissioner Gene Stubblefield wants the public ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 23, 2011

    Blame for Jail Breaks Climbs All the Way Up to Mayor Slay

    Image viaWill the appointment of director of Public Safety Charles Bryson come back to bite Mayor Slay?​Mayor Francis Slay took some heat when he appointed Charles Bryson director of the Department of Public Safety in 2007. Critics claimed that Bryson was unqualified for the job: he had little to ... More >>

  • News

    November 7, 2007
  • News

    October 3, 2007

    Pants on Fire

    Prince Joe dissects the firestorm surrounding Sherman George.

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2007

    New St. Louis Public Safety Director: Race Matters

    Sam Simon, a headline grabber of late, is out as Director of Public Safety for the city of St. Louis, and mayoral aide Charles Bryson is taking his place, effective today. Meet the new boss: St. Louis Public Safety Director Charles Bryson replaces Sam Simon, effective today S ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 31, 2007

    Forum on Paul McKee's North-Side Doings Devolves into Name-Calling

    There were no hoops when local pols gathered at Vashon High School, just trash talk. Thursday night's forum on developer Paul McKee Jr.'s north-side properties was a time for declarations. Fifth Ward Alderwoman April Ford-Griffin warmed up the crowd with these lines: "We will not live with public ... More >>