Ann Arbor Area Community News
The Ann Arbor News today ran a massive story on the proposed Washtenaw County jail millage. The proposed 30 year 0.75 mill is predicted to raise $314 million dollars, $48.1 million of which is dedicated construction for increased jail capacity, and will be decided by County voters on 22 February.
The summary of the article is that almost everyone seems to like the idea of increasing alternative treatment programs and programs for mentally ill inmates; the disagreement is over whether the jail needs to be expanded by 200 beds (approximately a 60% capacity increase).
County officials and the Committee for Public Safety and Justice advocacy group have been spending a lot of time and energy pitching the idea that increased capacity is necessary for the alternative programs to work. Skeptics contend that the increased capacity will simply provide the temptation for County officials to use it, removing the pressure to find effective alternatives. A group formed by Scio Township trustee Chuck Ream in opposition to the millage, the No Giant Jail Committee, does not appear to have a website.
More information on the proposed jail millage:
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