FOR IMMEDIATE RELEAE: July 31, 2009
City and County mark opening of Regional Correctional Center
Elected officials and administrators from the City of Kansas City, Mo., and Jackson County today announced the opening of the Regional Correctional Center at a ceremony in the lobby of the Jackson County Detention Center, 1300 Cherry St. The seven-month project was completed within budget and on schedule.
“The opening of the Regional Correctional Center is a big victory for public safety in Kansas City and Jackson County,” Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders said. “The City will be able to close the Municipal Correctional Institution and see some significant savings and participate in a regional solution for what is clearly a regional problem. The County is hopeful that this is just the first step in fostering greater cooperation related to public safety issues.”
Sanders, along with Mayor Mark Funkhouser, City Councilwoman Cathy Jolly, 6th District at large, and chairwoman of the Public Safety and Neighborhoods Committee, City Manager Wayne A. Cauthen, members of the Jackson County Legislature and City of Kansas City, Mo., staff and City Councilmembers were invited to attend the event.
“This monumental task is one that had to be finished on an accelerated timetable,” Jolly said. "For 40 years there has been a discussion going on about having a regional jail. Today is a watershed moment for both the City and County."
The announcement for the proposed regional facility was made in January, and the City and County selected Konrath Contractors to perform the renovation work.
“This was a demanding renovation projecting with an accelerated timetable and considerable logistical challenges,” Cauthen said. “The staffs from the City, County and Konrath Contractors worked tirelessly to make the consolidation happen, and I think the residents of Kansas City will see substantial benefits from this project.”
City officials expect to see efficiency savings of approximately $1 million annually by eliminating duplication of services, better leveraging service contracts and closing of the City’s Municipal Correctional Institution.
Media inquiries and other requests for more information about this issue should be directed to Lisa Sturgeon, assistant to Councilwoman Cathy Jolly, (816) 513-1602 or email@example.com; or Angie Jeffries, Jackson County director of Communications, (816) 881-3256, AJeffries@jacksongov.org.