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Judge Lifts Court Order Limiting Inmate Population

By Maria Carter

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Kansas City, MO – Jackson Coutny executive Mike Sanders sought to lift what's been known as the jail matrix when he took office in January. The jail matrix limits the population at the county detention center. When the number hit 800, the matrix kicked in letting out inmates jailed for minor misdemeanors first. Sanders say the judge's ruling lets local officials have more control.

Sanders: Really over those 21 years, it has been a thorn in the side of local law enforcement and a thorn in the side of local courts in terms of our ability and in terms of law enforements ability to have influence over the running of the Jackson County Jail.

Sanders says the jail could house as many as 950 inmates with minor changes.

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