Some businesses agree with plans for different Kansas City prison
KANSAS CITY (AP) - Some Kansas City business owners and civic officials are enthusiastic about the state's plan to create a new minimum-security prison near downtown.
They say the change will be a big improvement over the current facility, which houses up to 400 people overnight but releases them every morning. Many of the inmates loiter or wander around downtown during the day.
Corrections Director George Lombardi says the state needs the 400-plus beds to hold prisoners. He says the conversion, which is expected by September, will allow the state to keep mostly nonviolent offenders in a secure environment. They will not leave during the day.
Downtown Council Vice President Sean O'Byrne told The Kansas City Star the prison change will help the city's efforts to revive the downtown and the West Bottoms.