Gov. Gretchen Whitmer extends executive order protecting jail, juvenile detention populations

Executive Order 2020-29 aims to protect vulnerable populations in Michigan’s county jails, local lockups and juvenile detention centers.

LANSING, Mich. – On Sunday, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-62, which extends protections for vulnerable populations in Michigan’s county jails, local lockups and juvenile detention centers during the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

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The Executive Order replaces her prior order, and details risk-reduction protocols that have been adopted and implemented by the Michigan Department of Corrections (MDOC).

“We continue to take action to protect all Michiganders from COVID-19," Whitmer said. “That includes policies that protect incarcerated persons in our prisons, jails, and juvenile detention centers. By keeping common-sense and safe protocols in place, we can mitigate risk, save lives, and get through this crisis together.”

The order also suspends transfers into and from MDOC facilities until risk-reduction protocols are adequately in place, suspends provisions of the Jail Overcrowding Emergency Act to allow local officials more flexibility in releasing vulnerable populations who do not pose a threat to public safety and orders the State Budget Office to immediately seek a legislative transfer so that jails may be reimbursed for lodging prisoners who would have been transferred to MDOC if not for that suspension of transfers.

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