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Jackson County Detention Center

The Jackson County Detention Center has been a contentious topic in city and county politics, with a lot of the public debate focused on questions of funding and space. But conditions for inmates, most of whom are awaiting trial, continue to be concerning for those who know the facility.

  • Nancy Leazar, superintendent of the now-closed Municipal Correctional Institution, also known as the "city jail"
  • Alvin Brooks, former city councilman, former police commissioner, anti-violence activist and member of two task forces appointed to review jail conditions
  • Jordan Watson, criminal defense lawyer, KC Defense Counsel
People don't make cameos in news stories; the human story is the story, with characters affected by news events, not defined by them. As a columnist and podcaster, I want to acknowledge what it feels like to live through this time in Kansas City, one vantage point at a time. Together, these weekly vignettes form a collage of daily life in Kansas City as it changes in some ways, and stubbornly resists change in others. You can follow me on Twitter @GinaKCUR or email me at gina@kcur.org.
Aviva Okeson-Haberman was the Missouri government and politics reporter at KCUR 89.3.