Tuesday, May 15, 2018
TKC EXCLUSIVE!!! JACKSON COUNTY PROSECUTOR JEAN PETERS BAKER BLASTS EXECUTIVE FRANK WHITE ON JAIL CRISIS!!!
The war of words escalates among Jackson County elected leaders as the crisis over the fate of the Jackson County Jail worsens.
A Grand Jury report on the deplorable conditions at the County Jail started the latest battle.
Moments after the report was released, Executive Frank White claimed Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker was using a "political opportunity" against his administration and seeking to lock up more people pre-trial.
Behind the scenes and EXCLUSIVE on TKC right now . . .
JACKSON COUNTY PROSECUTOR JEAN PETERS BAKER FIRES BACK IN A FIERCE E-MAIL BLAST TARGETING FRANK WHITE'S LEADERSHIP!!!
When talking to MSM, "Mean Jean" may sound very reasonable about finding a solution for the jail but the tone of this e-mail is much more raw.
Accordingly, the communiqué has been circulating far and wide but denizens of our blog community believe that the public needs to know what's happening behind the scenes:
From: Jean Peters Baker
Sent: Monday, May 14, 2018
Subject: Grand Jury Report
I wanted to address the report that has been issued by the Grand Jurors and a couple of misstatements. The report was authorized by the Presiding Judge and Criminal A Circuit Judge who oversee the grand jury. They agreed to the report, the scope of the report and to convene a second grand jury to continue the work. This is the work of the Grand Jurors who are citizens of this county and who spent many hours hearing testimony, reviewing subpoenaed material and writing this report. Please review it. I urge you to act on the recommendations that you believe would lead us to a better outcome.
The statements made by our County Executive were disappointing. It is no surprise that our jail is in crisis. Your own auditor reported on this crisis last summer, stating this was one of the worst facilities he had ever seen and recommending that a floor be closed immediately.
This report is a comprehensive look at why the jail is in crisis. The problems are more than deferred maintenance, though that is a serious issue, it is also a lack of leadership. The County Executive responded, in part, to the grand jury report this weekend, saying that I am seeking to incarcerate more individuals in a new and bigger facility. This is untrue. Such accusations distract from fixing our current jail and, even more troubling, promise to carry over into a new facility.
As stated by the Grand Jurors, "we challenge our county government to move past politics or elections. This is about the safety and financial viability of our county. We urge the Jail, County Administration and County Legislature to work cohesively without animus. We cannot afford inaction, miscommunication or finger pointing..."
I will continue to work with each of you, the next Sheriff, and the County Executive to improve the conditions of this facility.
Jean Peters Baker
Prosecutor For Jackson County
And so . . .
What these words reveal is clear:
THERE'S A FULL SCALE BATTLE ROYALE BETWIXT THE PROSECUTOR'S OFFICE AND TEAM FRANK!!!
Courthouse insiders question:
"It looks like Executive White is trying to force her hand and undermining our local court system in a very irresponsible manner. I wouldn't be surprised if another move against him on this topic very soon."
Developing . . .