Task force formed, budget increase called for to address multiple issues at the Jackson County Jail

The group to make recommendations in 6 months

November 14, 2017 - 5:37 pm

Kansas City, MO - Jackson County Executive Frank White announced the formation of a 14-member task force to look into issues at the Jackson County Detention Center. In addition, White called for a large increase to the jail's budget.

The increase would raise the starting wage for corrections officers to $15/hour, and would issue a $15-$20 million bond to fund emergency safety and security repairs to the jail.

A consultant in July said the jail was in crisis mode because of overcrowding, understaffing and corruption.

According to the county, the task force will independently analyze staffing needs, inmate capacity, and look into whether the current jail should be renovated, or if a new one should be built.

The task force will report back after six months.  


Recently, multiple issues at the jail has thrust it into the spotlight - inmate deaths, bribery, smuggling, & guard assaults.

In June, busloads of FBI agents raided the jail for the second time in 17 months.

On Tuesday, the county released the names of its Jail Task Force:

  • John Fierro, President/CEO Mattie Rhodes Center – Co-Chair
  • Gayle Holliday, Freedom Inc. President – Co-Chair
  • Jean Peters Baker, Jackson County Prosecutor
  • Alvin Brooks, Community Activist
  • Scott Burnett, Jackson County Legislature Chairman
  • Alissia Canady, KCMO City Councilwoman 5th District
  • Carol Coe, Lawyer/Former County Legislator/Former City Councilwoman
  • Karen Curls, MCC Division of Social Science Chair
  • Niki Lee Donawa, TMC Chief Community Relations Officer
  • State Rep. Brandon Ellington, District 22
  • Lisa Pelofsky, CEO Pelofsky & Associates
  • Mike Schumacher, Assistant to the City Manager KCMO
  • Mike Sharp, Jackson County Sheriff
  • Judge John Torrence, Presiding Judge Circuit Court Division 14




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