Diverse Perspectives Key to Jackson County Community Advisory Board (2021)

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Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office (Kansas City, MO)

Population: 700,310 | Number of Full-Time Prosecutors: 75 | Contact Information

With a focus on the urban core of the jurisdiction, the Jackson County Prosecutor Community Advisory Board consists of nine people of varying levels of expertise in the legal field, including a person who had been wrongfully convicted of a crime in the jurisdiction more than twenty years ago.

The board also includes representatives who don’t necessarily view the role of the prosecutor favorably, a family member of victims to crime, and a representative for the LGBTQ+ community.

The board is presented with office data to guide discussion on policy. The process has resulted in a revised drug policy aimed at growing trust in the community.

Jackson County Prosecuting Attorney, Jean Peters Baker, discuss the Jackson County Prosecutor Community Advisory Board in the video above.