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Jackson County Prosecutor wants action following brutal attack on jail guard

Sheriff offers help in some jail operations

Bill Grady
November 28, 2017 - 7:53 am
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Last week's attack on a corrections officer at the Jackson County Jail has put the facility center stage once again.

The incident prompted prosecutor Jean Peters Baker to decline serving on a task force that would study operations at the jail, which a consultant said is in crisis because of an employee shortage and problems with the facilities.

Peters Baker said something needs to be done now, as the panel convened by County executive Frank White is to report back in six months.

White said he is disappointed by Peters Baker stepping away, and says he hopes she changes her mind.

Sheriff Mike Sharp told KMBZ he's offered to help with the guard shortage.

"We've talked with the executive and his staff about the possibilty of assisting with transportation of prisoners to and from court houses," Sharp said. "(We're) also looking at the possibility of assisting with intake."

White wants to spend up to $20-million to take care of immediate concerns.

The jail is expected to be a hot topic when county legislators meet Tuesday morning.

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