KANSAS CITY, MO – Jackson County and Kansas City have now fully consolidated jail services. Last week the county opened a new holding facility, on the ground floor of the Jackson County Detention Center, to house Kansas City Police Department (KCPD) detainees awaiting arraignment.
“This is the final piece in the puzzle to regionalize correctional facilities and services between Jackson County and Kansas City,” said Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders. “The improvements that we have made will save county taxpayers millions of dollars.”
County, city and KCPD officials announced during a news conference today that the new holding facility began processing police detainees Friday, May 1. The Jackson County Detention Center’s ground floor underwent renovations to accommodate up to 100 detainees.
In the past, the KCPD held detainees in a facility on the eighth floor of Police Headquarters in downtown Kansas City. Those holding cells had not been renovated since the building opened in 1938 and would have required millions in upgrades for continued use.
County Executive Sanders’ support of regionalizing corrections dates back to his time as Jackson County Prosecutor. In 2009, two years into his first term as County Executive, Jackson County and Kansas City opened the Regional Correctional Center (RCC) to begin housing the city’s municipal inmates. The RCC is located next door to the Jackson County Detention Center tower; an underground passageway connects the two buildings. The Jackson County Corrections Department operates all three facilities
“Taxpayers are no longer paying the county, the city and the police department to staff, operate and maintain three separate correctional facilities,” Sanders stressed. “This type of approach is how we have lowered the county budget each of the last eight years.”
The city pays the county $52.50 per day per arrestee held at the Detention Center—the same daily rate for each inmate in the RCC. The RCC houses up to 106 male and 48 female inmates.
The Detention Center renovations included:
•The conversion of a storage room to a 28-bed dormitory holding arrestees awaiting a video arraignment before a Kansas City Municipal Court judge. (Video arraignments will be conducted every day except Sunday.)
•A 20-bed dormitory, in an area that had been designated for future expansion, holding arrestees awaiting arraignment on more serious state charges.
•An 18-bed dorm for female arrestees. (About one in 10 KCPD arrestees is female.)
•Other holding cells, isolation cells and padded cells.