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Livingston County Jail Releases 28 Inmates

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LIVINGSTON COUNTY, Mich. (WLNS) - Due to over-crowding, 28 inmates have been released early from the Livingston County jail.

 

"The jail has the capacity for 254 inmates. We had been up to almost 287 or 288 inmates," said Tom Cremonte, the jail administrator in Livingston County.

In recent weeks, the jail noticed a population spike. They say it's hard to tell why, but it's forced them to make changes.

"We hadn't been overcrowded in about a year and now, here we are again," said Cremonte.

 

After being overpopulated for more than five consecutive days, officials declared an overcrowding emergency. They released a jail population management plan to the prosecutor, judges, 9-1-1, public officials and county commissioners to let them know the jail would be releasing inmates.

Saturday, jail officials released 28 people who served time for crimes, such as shop-lifting, larceny and alcohol-related charges. 

"They were going to get out anyway. They just got out three days early," said Cremonte.

But this is just a temporary solution for a problem the jail could easily face again.

"In total, in the State of Michigan, there's 19,500 jail beds. Of the 81 counties that have jails, probably 50 of them are looking for an expansion," said Terrence Jungel, the executive director with the Michigan Sheriff's Association.

Expanding is exactly what the Livingston County Jail is looking to do. Recently, officials drew up an expansion plan. It would almost double the jail capacity, by adding 205 new cells. Last month, they proposed the $13 million project to county commissioners. Now they're waiting to find out the fate of the expansion.

Livingston County Jail officials say, right now, they're back at 251 inmates, which is slightly under capacity.

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