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Female inmates removed from Jackson County Jail as independent investigation announced

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Following reports of sexual assaults to two female inmates inside the Jackson County, all female detainees have been removed from the jail.  (KCTV5) Following reports of sexual assaults to two female inmates inside the Jackson County, all female detainees have been removed from the jail.  (KCTV5)
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

Following reports of sexual assaults to two female inmates inside the Jackson County Jail, all female detainees have been removed from the jail. 

Kansas City Manager Troy Schulte says 12 female inmates have been moved to the Platte County Jail.

In addition, Schulte said seven females had their signature bonds issued "immediately" so they could be released. Two female detainees have been released early. 

The city also confirms two female inmates are currently being treated at local hospitals

“We are alarmed at this incident and concerned about the safety of city inmates and detainees held in the Jackson County jail.” Schulte said in a statement, “Additionally, the city is already working with the county to quickly address operational issues.”

Kansas City Mayor Sly James and Jackson County Executive Frank White issued a joint statement: 

“We are both shocked and deeply troubled to learn of the recently alleged assaults at the Regional Correctional Center. Those responsible will be held accountable and all other necessary changes will be made swiftly. Jackson County and Kansas City are both committed to the original purposes of a regional correctional center. We have and will continue to work towards creating efficiencies while serving our constituencies better. However, those efforts will not be effective as long as misuses of power continue to exist. The County has hired former United States Attorney Todd Graves to conduct an independent and thorough investigation into this matter.”

Former U.S. Attorney Todd Graves has been tasked to conduct an independent investigation. 

The move comes after two women say they were attacked on Aug. 26 by three male inmates posing as prison guards. 

The three gained access to the women's section of the prison. They allegedly raped one woman and seriously injured another. 

The Kansas City Police Department told KCTV5 News on Saturday surveillance video showed three male inmates moving freely in the hall between their cells and the cells of the victims. The victims' cells could not be seen in the surveillance video. 

One staff member inside the jail has been suspended without pay for violating policies. 

Relative of inmate says she's concerned everyday

What the two inmates say happened inside the Jackson County Jail would be considered disturbing to just about anyone. 

That's particularly true to someone who has family inside the prison. 

Dacia Wright visits a young woman relative at the jail regularly. 

"She's concerned everyday," Wright said. "The bottom line is they had to have access to these women." 

While the county has announced an independent investigation will happen, it doesn't make Wright feel any better. 

"People just don't care any more," Wright said." So we have to stand up as family members, as people in the community, and we have to come together and do something about it."

Not first controversy involving Jackson County Jail

The jail has come under fire before.

Last year about this time, the county and the FBI began an investigation into four separate cases of male inmates being physically assaulted by guards.

Those four guards no longer work here.

A citizen task force at that time began looking into whether there are systematic failures here.

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