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What type of justice are you inquiring about? Your question is posted in the criminal law category but you also reference a wrongful death lawsuit... are you simply looking for a discussion into possibilities if any exist?
Unfortunately a wrongful death lawsuit must be filed within three years from the death in Missouri (Missouri Revised Statutes 537.100). I know of no exceptions that would toll that statute of limitations for 27 years with the exception of an intentional act of deception and "cover up" by the government. If you can prove the jail intentionally covered the matter up and hid the nature of his death then you may have grounds to argue tolling of the statute. This is an extreme long shot and you should not get your hopes up. It is worth taking to a local attorney for their review if you have any such information.
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