MASS COVID OUTBREAK AT JACKSON COUNTY JAIL: 100+ Cases & 300 in Confinement in 2 Weeks

KANSAS CITY, MO — In the past 2 weeks, at least 100 people being held at JCDC tested positive for COVID, and 300+ have been placed in additional confinement due to quarantine.

“What is currently taking place in Jackson County Detention Center is violence, neglect, and akin to murder. Our siblings on the inside do not have access to healthcare and some are being put into increased (solitary) confinement. This is beyond unacceptable. Our city needs to do something immediately, like right now!”

The Editor

Operation Liberation, a local Black-led and Black-centered non-profit organization focused on bailout and prison abolition work, will be hosting a Rally at the Jackson County Courthouse today at 2pm.

In a public statement by the well-known and respected community organization, they write: “We are demanding transparency from Jackson County Detention Center administrators regarding the state of COVID-19 variant exposure and safety of those held inside of the county jail.”

The rally is “a call for accountability and transparency regarding the state of the COVID-19 Omicron variant outbreak in the Jackson County Detention Center.”

“The rally will take place at 2pm on Monday, January 24, 2022 at the Jackson County Detention Center, and aims to call out JCDC administration and other Jackson County legislators for their lack of transparency and accountability to the larger KCMO community regarding the state of increased COVID-19 positive cases within the jail as well as lack of protection for prisoners who are being exposed to extreme harm and risk.”

This is a developing story.

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