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Jackson County Executive White and Sheriff Forté issue statement regarding joint detention center

KANSAS CITY, Mo.  –  Jackson County Executive Frank White, Jr. and Jackson County Sheriff Darryl Forté have issued the following statement:

“We acknowledge and respect the City of Kansas City’s decision to decline collaboration on a joint detention center project. Our owner’s representative, JCDC Partners, has been working diligently exploring this potential partnership since 2020, including conducting a report at the Legislature’s request showing three options for a joint facility. City staff recommended to the Mayor and City Council one of those options, which consisted of independent detention facilities at the same location, with shared services.

“While we supported this solution and believe it had the potential to bring benefits to both the city and county, we understand that decisions of this nature require careful consideration. The City’s ongoing commitment to exploring innovative solutions for the community's needs is commendable. We value our positive relationship with the City and will continue seeking opportunities for future collaboration that align with the mutual interests of our residents.

“As we move forward, we remain focused on completing our state-of-the-art detention center project. We have a responsibility to meet our obligations, maintain public trust and protect our residents’ interests by delivering the facility on schedule and within budget. Doing so not only shows our commitment to efficient government, but also sets a strong foundation for a safer and more secure future for all.”


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