Closed state prison to reopen in Detroit to temporarily detain people arrested in the city
Mayor says summer opening of Mound Correctional Facility will free up 40 officers for street patrols
A state prison on Detroit's east side will be reopened as a temporary detention center for anyone arrested in the city.
Mayor Dave Bing's office says the summer opening of the Mound Correctional Facility will free up about 40 police officers for street patrols. It was closed by the state in January 2012.
Officers currently are assigned to five police lockup facilities and a holding unit at Detroit Receiving Hospital where people who are arrested are held until their arraignments. Prisoners then are released to the Wayne County sheriff's office.
Bing's office says the five police lockups will be closed and that the Mound facility will hold up to 200 people.
“This partnership agreement between the City and the State is a significant one that will allow Detroit police officers currently assigned to the lockups to return to neighborhood patrols,” Bing said. “In addition, this new arrangement will improve the conditions for police detainees, which is an important aspect of DPD’s restructuring plan and could have a favorable impact on the City’s consent decree with the U.S. Department of Justice.”
The city launched an initiative last month that focuses on crime hot spots, drug arrests and enforcing traffic laws.
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