KC, Jackson County strike deal to house inmates

December 06, 2019 - 6:16 am

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A deal has been struck between Kansas City and Jackson County to house some of the inmates displaced when the Heartland Correctional Center near downtown shuts down.

Mayor Quinton Lucas said he's proud a solution has been found. 

"We saw that there was a challenge with the Heartland facility, we've seen that for months now," Lucas explained. "I'm proud of the fact that my office was able to negotiate a deal."

The deal would see 45 inmates currently at Heartland relocated to the Jackson County Jail. The city will pay $110 per day for their housing with Jackson County.

The remaining inmates will be transferred to facilities in Warrensburg and Nevada.

The deal is only a short-term solution, with plans for a long-term solution - a new city jail - stalled by funding concerns. 

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