Voices of WEMU
Thu June 8, 2006
County to Stop Sending Inmates to other Jails
By Andrew Cluley
Washtenaw County, MI – Washtenaw County won't send any more inmates to jails in other counties as officials phase out the so-called boarding-out program.
County commissioners approved the plan Wednesday night to try to cut costs.
Sheriff Dan Minzey says for the next three months, jail crowding will be carefully managed to make sure the operation remains safe. He says, ultimately, the county needs to add space to the existing jail to ease overcrowding conditions.
Minzey says any recommendations he would make to judges to release inmates early would be based on their behavior in jail, and not just an arbitrary percentage needed to decrease the jail population.