‘Disgusting’ conditions greeted auditor on first inspection of Jackson County jail
On his first visit to size up the Jackson County jail earlier this year, it was the filth that auditor Jim Rowenhorst initially found most appalling
Toilets crusted with feces, filthy mattresses and showers that looked as if they hadn’t been cleaned in a very long time.
http://www.kansascity.com/news/politics ... 39442.html
Jackson County legislators to address jail deficiencies
The Jackson County Legislature is planning to address an audit of the detention facility that has been the site of repeated scandals.
http://www.kmbz.com/articles/jackson-co ... ficiencies
Do not pass go: Jackson County jail needs more than a facelift
Of the many tough calls in this world, this is not one: Jackson County needs a new jail.
When you defer maintenance for 30 years, you can’t get by with a renovation. And the $150 million it would take to rehab the jail complex at 13th and Cherry wouldn’t even solve the safety problems there. Or the overcrowding.
A new facility would cost at least $30 million more.
http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/edito ... 45907.html
Jackson County inmates sue over jail conditions
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -
The Jackson County Jail is targeted in a new lawsuit.
The handwritten lawsuit says life inside the Jackson County Jail is pretty gross. The six men who filed the lawsuit say sheets haven't been washed in more than six months.
http://www.kctv5.com/story/36395509/jac ... conditions
Is it just time to build a brand new jail and raze the old one? I understand that it's probably convenience for the prison to be located near the courthouse. But I would think it'd be much easier, and safer to locate the prison in the countryside of Jackson County, in a brand new facility. The investment would, at least as far as I can see, be worth it.
It would take the necessarily capital to acquire 80-150 acres in rural Jackson County, and build a secure, modern 1,500-2,000 (or more?) capacity facility.
The county could offset the cost by selling the old property at 13th & Cherry to a developer.