Jackson County Detention Center & Regional Correctional Center
In 2015 the average daily population 780 inmates at the JCDC and 139 at the RCC for a 919 total. The total number of admissions to both Centers in 2015 was approximately 15,000, with releases numbering about the same.
KCPD Holding Areas
The majority of people admitted to both JCDC and RCC
From May through December 2015, 10,873 arrestees were processed into ground floor holding for KCPD.
The Centers’ inmate populations and the KCPD arrestees are made up primarily of individuals from Jackson County and Kansas City. Those detained are under the custody of the Jackson County Department of Corrections, and the Department is legally bound to provide adequate housing, food, healthcare and a safe living environment. In addition, the Department provides mental health services for all inmates and arrestees. JCDC and RCC inmates also enjoy a wide variety of legal, educational and spiritual programming,
The Department of Corrections operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, with just under 400 employees. The 2015 adopted budget was just over $24 million and supported both state and municipal jail operations and the KCPD arrestee operation. Facilities are located one block from the Jackson County Courthouse in downtown Kansas City, Missouri.
Presumption of Innocence
The American criminal justice systems presume an individual charged with a crime is innocent until proven guilty. A jail is not the same as a prison. Prisons are utilized for convicted felons – those who have been found guilty in a court of law. A county jail is utilized for the following:
- confinement while an individual is going through the trial process,
- for those convicted and given short-term (12 months or less) sentences
- probation violators
- individuals being held on warrants for other jurisdiction
Approximately 40% of the municipal average daily population has been found guilty and is serving a sentence at the RCC, while the other 60%
The KCPD arrestee population is quite transient and population numbers fluctuate throughout the day and night. This population is awaiting an initial court hearing, bonding out, or on hold for investigation. Few arrestees will be held for more than 24 hours.