Government & Politics

Government & Politics

How much will it cost to fix dangerous, filthy Jackson County jail? $300M might do it

Reports of brutality, filth and incompetence have sparked investigations and controversy at the Jackson County jail. The questions now, how to fix it, and how much will it cost?

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Historic images of life inside the old jail in the Jackson County Courthouse

The jail that occupies the top floors of the Jackson County Courthouse in Kansas City has not been used for nearly 40 years, but images from the archives of The Kansas City Star show how the facility got a reputation as a place where no one wanted to be.
Chris Ochsner The Kansas City Star
Historic images of life inside the old jail in the Jackson County Courthouse 2:47

Historic images of life inside the old jail in the Jackson County Courthouse

Jackson County officials debate the need for a new detention center 2:59

Jackson County officials debate the need for a new detention center

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The history behind Memorial Day

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