While we understand that Kansas City must solve its budget problems, the poorest of the poor should not bear this burden disproportionately.
Last summer we started a vegetable garden with the female inmates at the Municipal Correctional Institution. The women incarcerated at MCI have problems such as substance abuse, homelessness, mental illness and poverty. As we worked in the garden side by side with the inmates, we could clearly see the importance of the programs provided by superintendent Nancy Leazer and her staff. These programs help them leave MCI better able to cope with their problems and more likely to live productive lives.
As a result of our firsthand experience, we are proud of MCI and believe strongly that it should remain open. It is one thing that Kansas City is doing right!