- Associated Press - Wednesday, November 12, 2014

MOUNT CLEMENS, Mich. (AP) - The Macomb’s County Sheriff’s Office has released 71 inmates from the county jail due to overcrowding.

Sheriff Anthony Wickersham announced Wednesday that the releases were made to lower jail population in accordance with state law. The statute requires a sheriff to declare a county jail overcrowding state of emergency when the inmate count exceeds 100 percent of the rated design capacity for seven consecutive days.

Wickersham made a jail overcrowding declaration on Oct. 27 and shared plans to release some inmates Monday.

On Tuesday, Chief Circuit Court Judge John C. Foster authorized a 20 percent reduction on the sentences of prisoners who had community correction-eligible charges.

The capacity of the Macomb County Jail is 1,218 inmates.



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