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With the current jail, Jackson County is exposed to increased liability due to the following:

  • Inadequate facilities pose safety concerns to County employees and their ability to move inmates in safe manner, to monitor inmates appropriately, and to perform their duty to protect inmates from each other

  • Inadequate facilities pose safety concerns to inmates dealing with a medical issue, a mental health crisis, or those who have a high suicide risk

  • Jackson County is responsible for the care of the inmates in its custody. When inmates have to be housed in other counties, they are still in the custody of Jackson County, however, the County loses direct control over the care of its inmates

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