Sheriff pans jail being built in Detroit; a 'mess'

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

The Wayne County sheriff says a new jail under construction in Detroit is a "mess" and probably won't be large enough to close other jails.

Sheriff Benny Napoleon tells The Detroit News ( that the 2,000-bed jail won't have enough beds to house inmates now in custody at three jails. He says at least one will need to remain open, erasing millions of dollars in savings.

The jail is being built across from the Wayne County courthouse. It's supposed to open by fall 2014, but Napoleon says there's no money yet for furniture and other furnishings.

An aide to county Executive Robert Ficano acknowledges the jail is behind schedule and has budget problems. But June Lee says Napoleon is upset because some of his ideas for the jail were rejected.

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