- Associated Press - Saturday, December 19, 2015

DETROIT (AP) - An audit of a disastrous Detroit-area jail project says many elected officials were kept in the dark about millions in cost overruns and no one from Wayne County was supervising the contractors.

The audit was released Friday in response to a lawsuit by the Detroit Free Press. It was kept under wraps by prosecutor Kym Worthy during a criminal investigation.

The new jail was abandoned during construction in 2013 and remains an eyesore on the edge of downtown Detroit, near sports stadiums. County Executive Warren Evans, who had no role in the earlier problems, now is trying to determine if the jail can be completed.

The report says county officials knew the project was at least $41 million over budget when county commissioners were asked to approve a smaller budget.

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Information from: Detroit Free Press, http://www.freep.com

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