Former state prison site in Detroit converts to city lockup

BY SARAH CWIEK

An old state prison in Detroit has become a central lock-up for people arrested in the city.

The Michigan Department of Corrections will run the Detroit Detention Center.

Officials call the center “a unique city-state partnership” that will create a more efficient processing system.

Detroit Police Chief James Craig said it should also free up more police officers.

“Traditionally,
processing detainees by arresting officers has been a very
time-consuming activity. The opening of this facility will significantly
expedite detainee processing for officers, allowing them to return to
the street,” Craig said.

Officials said the facility will also have better conditions for prisoners.

Detroit Police have been under federal oversight since 2003, in part because of poor conditions for prisoners.

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