KANSAS CITY, MO – Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders appeared before the Kansas City, Missouri City Council Public Safety and Neighborhoods Committee this morning to present a one-year progress report on the Regional Correctional Center (RCC). The RCC is a collaborative project between Jackson County and Kansas City, Missouri. July 31 marked the one-year anniversary of opening the facility.
“In tough economic times, government entities face the decision of raising taxes or cutting services,” said Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders. “This project has done the exact opposite. We’ve enhanced public safety and saved taxpayer dollars.”
The facility is estimated to save Kansas City, Missouri over one million dollars per year. Jackson County is in discussions with other cities in the county to provide correctional services in the future.
“This is the beginning, not the end,” said Sanders.
The RCC is located adjacent to the Jackson County Detention Center at 305 West 13th Street. The goal of the RCC is to avoid duplicating correctional services between the county and city while focusing on transitional services for inmates in order to reduce recidivism.
“This is truly a collaboration. Each decision that is made is collaborative and from my perspective, it has worked out well,” said Ken Conlee, Director of Jackson County Corrections.
Other speakers at this presentation included David Park, Head of Neighborhood and Community Services for Kansas City, Missouri, Judge Ardie Bland of the Kansas City Municipal Court, Evie Craig of ReStart, a Kansas City agency that deals with homelessness, and Diana Turner, Executive Director of the BRIDGES Project which focuses on inmate transitional services.