Friday, May 11, 2018
TKC BREAKING NEWS!!! JACKSON COUNTY EXECUTIVE FRANK WHITE CONTENDS PROSECUTOR JEAN PETERS BAKER USING GRAND JURY REPORT CRITICIZING JAIL CONDITIONS AS POLITICAL OPPORTUNITY!!!
A horrific report on the decrepit conditions of the Jackson County Jail was released this afternoon.
Check the roundup:
Fox4: The jury says the county executive’s chief of staff was condescending of the jury’s review of the jail. According to the report, the chief of staff said he was worried some county residents would make “sweeping statements and large decisions” about issues that are “messy” and “complicated.”
KMBC: 74-page report highlights dirty living spaces, struggles to supervise inmates
KSHB: A recent five-year, $120 million project at the jail still left one national expert describing the jail as “one of the worst correctional institutions.”
KCUR: Grand Jury: Time For Action On Crumbling Jackson County Jail Has Long Passed
Check out the report available online at the County prosecutor's website.
Even better, tonight TV news is sharing pix from the report and a lot of images of "caked feces" during dinner time!!!
However, recent reaction following the release of the report is even more noteworthy because it reveals a battle royale betwixt the two politicos at the center of this drama.
EXEC FRANK WHITE ANSWERS MEAN JEAN CRITICISM WITH ALLEGATIONS OF POLITICAL INTRIGUE!!!
Here's the word as local newsies struggle to keep up with this evolving story, we've highlighted the most important passage:
Jackson County Executive Frank White, Jr. has issued the following statement in response to the report:
“Jackson County is committed to providing a safe and secure facility for inmates, staff and the entire community. Under the leadership of new Director Diana Turner, the County continues to make significant improvements to the existing facilities and operations. The County strongly disagrees with many characterizations as presented by the Prosecuting Attorney, but we will use this report, as we have with every other opportunity, to grow and better our facilities and operations for this community.
The Prosecuting Attorney is using this report as a political opportunity to point out decades-old problems of deferred maintenance and attribute them to the current administration. Therefore, the County is disappointed with the conclusions reached by the Prosecuting Attorney.
The Prosecuting Attorney’s report appears to be the product of both misinformation and a strong desire to incarcerate more people pre-trial. Widespread issues regarding facility conditions, staff retention and overcrowding persist at detention facilities nationwide. However, issuing redundant reports and finger pointing is not a solution.
Additionally, the factually accurate portions of the Prosecuting Attorney’s report are largely regurgitated from prior evaluations and have been addressed or are in the process of being fixed.
On November 27, 2017, the Prosecuting Attorney sent a letter to me, which stated, in part, ‘Spending more time to further study the overcrowded and unsafe conditions at the detention center is simply inappropriate.’
It is interesting to note that the Prosecuting Attorney’s study of the Department of Corrections was ongoing at the time she made the statement and she continued that study for months after she released the statement above. In addition, while refusing to participate in an open process that involved the community, the Prosecuting Attorney chose to conduct a secretive process where her staff controlled the process and wrote the report.
The problems faced by the County’s detention facilities will require the concerted action of everyone if we are to create sustainable change. These are complex issues and the Department of Corrections initiatives will continue to be evaluated and modified over time, as necessary, to achieve our objectives. We remain deeply committed to leading the efforts to address these problems plaguing facilities across the country.”
This is a tough one and so we ask for the advice of our blog community in this ongoing debate . . .
WHO DO YOU BELIEVE IN THIS DEBATE OVER THE JACKSON COUNTY JAIL?!?! EXEC FRANK WHITE TALKS POLITICS WHILST PROSECUTOR BAKER ASKS ABOUT THE MONEY!!!
You decide . . .