On November 22, a corrections officer at the Jackson County Detention Center was assaulted by a municipal inmate who was being housed at the Regional Correctional Center. The corrections officer was taken to a local hospital to be treated for injuries.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 23, 2017
Contact: Marshanna Hester
Corrections officer assaulted by inmate
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – On Wednesday, Nov. 22, a corrections officer at the Jackson County Detention Center was assaulted by a municipal inmate who was being housed at the Regional Correctional Center. The corrections officer was taken to a local hospital, where the individual is being treated for injuries. All questions should be referred to the Kansas City Police Department, which is conducting an investigation.
In response to the assault, Jackson County Executive Frank White, Jr. has issued the following statement:
“Our corrections officers are dedicated, hard-working professionals, who have the difficult job of ensuring the safety and welfare of inmates. They are an important component of our criminal justice system. I admire the work they do to keep our community safe and they deserve to be treated with respect. As I’ve stated numerous times, the safety and security of our corrections officers will always be of utmost importance.
My administration and I take these assaults very seriously. Such violent behavior by inmates toward our corrections officers will not be tolerated. It is our hope that the person responsible for this assault will be held accountable and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the corrections officer who was injured in this assault. We are fully committed to supporting the corrections officer and his family throughout this difficult process.”