City manager orders Kansas City female inmates to be removed from Jackson County jail

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Twenty-one female inmates from Kansas City have either been transferred or released from the Jackson County jail as City Manager Troy Schulte ordered an investigation following two reported rapes in the jail on Friday.

The two victims are being treated at a hospital according to a news release. The city transferred 12 of the inmates to Platte County jail, seven were given signature bonds and released, and another two were released early.

“We are alarmed at this incident and concerned about the safety of city inmates and detainees held in the Jackson County jail. Additionally, the city is already working with the county to quickly address operational issues,” Schulte said in the release, adding that no female inmates will be admitted to the jail until Jackson County addresses issues that led to the rapes.

FOX 4 reported on Sunday that KCPD began investigating two women said they were raped, their attackers gaining entry into their cells with keys.  Police records state that a master key went missing early on Friday morning.

A police report states the first victim said three men raped her, and the second victim said she was sexually assaulted at 4 a.m. on Friday after hearing her cell door get unlocked. That victim said she was raped until her attacker heard a whistle and hid, running when he thought he had a safe way out.

The report also says surveillance video shows three male inmates moving freely in a hallway between their cells and the victims’ cells, though the victims’ cells weren’t fully seen by cameras. Three suspects were listed in the report, but haven’t been charged yet, so FOX 4 isn’t identifying them until that happens.

Kansas City has contracted with Jackson County for the past seven years to house inmates in its detention center. Under the current contract, the city pays more than $5 million for 274 beds, in addition to full medical and mental health services.

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