New holding facility at Jackson County Detention Center expected to help speed up court process

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. --  An old storage room inside the Jackson County Detention Center was recently renovated into a hold facility.

The new holding facility is located on the ground floor of the building at 13th and Cherry. It will hold up to 100 detainees. The facility will also offer better services for inmates such as 24-hour medical treatment on site. The availability of video arraignments will also help speed up the court process.

The renovation cost nearly $819, 000.

"These detainees will be held under one roof in one facility," Mike Sanders, Jackson County Executive  said.  "What that means for law enforcement officials is they don't have to travel from facility to facility to facility, that's officers down time. You take officers off the street where they have to transport people from one facility to another. Additionally the ability to interview witnesses, suspects or dependents under one roof."

In the past, the police department held detainees in a facility on the 8th floor of its headquarters. The holding cells of that facility haven't been renovated since the building opened in 1938, and upgrades would have cost $5-7 million.