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April 5, 2013

Power restored to Jackson County jail after outage

During the incident, phone service was cut off and visits were limited.

Full power was restored about 1 p.m. Friday at both the Jackson County Detention Center and the Regional Correctional Center after an overnight outage that injured two maintenance workers.

The facility operated on power from a backup generator for nine hours while Kansas City Power & Light tried to re-establish service, according to a county spokesman. Phone service was cut off and no visits were allowed during that time, but otherwise there was no inconvenience.

“Operations and security were never compromised,” spokesman Dan Ferguson said.

Emergency power kicked in immediately after the electricity went out.

The incident began with a power outage in the downtown area about 4 a.m., he said. When service was restored shortly afterward, a transformer inside the jail complex malfunctioned, Ferguson said. Two workers near that equipment were treated and released from a hospital.

The detention center at 1300 Cherry St. holds up to 850 people, most of whom are awaiting trial on state charges. The correctional center at 305 W. 13th St. holds about 150 prisoners being held on city violations.

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