In 2018, the Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office improved the well-being of our community, addressing violent crime more effectively and initiating new innovative efforts to reduce crime. We also enhanced procedural fairness and strengthened our office’s bond with the community, especially with the survivors of crime who too long in the past suffered the consequences of crime with little or no support from the community.
Among many successes last year, our office:
Filed 15.7% more criminal cases
Established new Caring for Crime Survivors program
Prosecutor Baker and new COMBAT team launched new approach
Prosecuted ‘serial arsonist’ for fire that killed two firefighters
Organized first “Gun Violence Summit” in Kansas City
Sent felony cases to first Neighborhood Accountability Board
Handled more than 8,000 child support cases
Celebrated 150th graduating class of Drug Court
This past year netted tremendous successes and encouraging progress. New efforts in the past couple years led to meaningful collaborations with the community and with partners in the criminal justice system, much of it focused on new approaches to reducing violent crime. As we continue forward, we are aiming for a new public safety model that places a priority on our overall community’s health.
Thank you for taking an interest in the important work of the Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office. We look ahead with the hope that we can even further improve public safety and benefit everyone in our community.