FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Aug. 29, 2016
City Manager Troy Schulte has called for an immediate and full investigation into alleged assaults in the Jackson County jail. The City is concerned about the safety of all municipal inmates in the Regional Correctional Center, as well as accountability for any violations of policy or operations.
“We are alarmed at this incident and concerned about the safety of city inmates and detainees held in the Jackson County jail.” said Schulte, “Additionally, the city is already working with the county to quickly address operational issues.”
Schulte ordered the immediate removal of all female city inmates housed in the Jackson County Jail, and no female inmates will return until the County addresses those issues which put the City’s inmates in danger.
Twelve women have been moved to the Platte County jail, where the city has a similar contract to house inmates. Seven female detainees had their signature bonds issued immediately so that they could be released. Two women have been released early.
The two female victims are being treated at a hospital.
The City of Kansas City, Missouri has contracted with Jackson County to house inmates for the past seven years. The current contract of more than $5 million a year includes 274 inmate beds, plus full medical and mental health services.