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Earlier this year, the County Board of Commissioners voted to phase out the use of subsidized Sheriff’s deputies as local police. Most local units that use these patrols opted to sign a new contract with the County that will equalize the price of patrols with the cost of providing the service. With three Townships continuing to hold out against paying their fair share for Sheriff’s coverage, however, and joined by Sheriff Dan Minzey in their suit against the County, the drama keeps on building:
Blogger (and County Clerk) Larry Kestenbaum offers up the lastest on his page. On Wednesday, Sheriff Minzey faxed a letter to local governments trumpeting his victory in Monroe County Court, and accusing Administrator Guenzel of further retributive action: in ending contracts with neighboring Counties to board out prisoners when the Washtenaw County Jail is overcrowded, Minzey claims, Guenzel is attempting to plunge the perennial crowding into crisis. As a result, Minzey promises, he will begin turning away prisoners from the County Jail on September 6, except for those referred for certain violent or controlled substance offenses, as required by statute. Minzey signs off with, “I will do everything in my power to keep the citizens of Washtenaw County safe.”
Administrator Guenzel responded yesterday by stating that Sheriff Minzey had personally recommended the phasing out of the prisoner boarding contracts on June 7.
Sheriff Minzey gave his opinion that boarding inmates should be phased out with the end of terms for those then presently incarcerated at other jails.
As the bickering seems only capable of escalating, seems we’re in for some exciting times.
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