Interim Sheriff Darryl Forte calls out 'inhumane' conditions at the Jackson County jail

Bill Grady
May 24, 2018 - 5:18 am

Jackson County, Missouri

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Acting Jackson County Sheriff Darryl Forte is acquainted with all the problems facing the Jackson County Jail, and he understands it may become his problem in the near future.

In his first one-on-one interview since taking the oath of office in Jackson County, Forte said the jail has been deteriorating for years, but he believes things have improved under County Executive Frank White.

"This is nothing new, about the jail, absolutely we need another facility," Forte said. "To me it's inhumane, how people are stacked up, and it's been like that for years."

Forte meets with Corrections Director Diana Turner Thursday afternoon. A ballot measure to change the county charter and hand over control to the sheriff is planned for November. 

Forte said he has already talked to some people about a transition team.

"I'll have a plan together, if in fact, it's under the sheriff's office at the beginning of the year," Forte said.

For Forte to take charge, the ballot proposal would have to pass and Forte would have to be elected.

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