So many people go to the Municipal Corrections Institution because they couldn't post bond that some call it the "debtors' prison."
Young traffic offenders are incarcerated alongside convicted felons. Following staff cuts MCI became so overcrowded that 16 convicted violent offenders had to be released in August.
The City Auditor says a city shouldn't be in the prison business at all.
KCUR's Steve Bell visited the jail and talked with various city officials who have a stake in what will become of the facility.