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Flint Emergency Mike Brown says jail could open in 30-60 days

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(03/08/12) - Gov, Rick Snyder's "Public Safety Implementation Timeline" calls for Flint's jail to reopen soon, maybe even by April.

Flint Emergency Manager Mike Brown says his staff has been planning for months and is hopeful it will be open in the next 30-60 days.

"We know what the options are, let's put it that way. One would be have private sector operations, another would be for us to operate it and another would be to ask the sheriff if he'd want to submit a proposal," Brown says.

But all of it depends on money.

Gov. Snyder, in Flint Wednesday, announced $4.5 million for the jail program.

A spokesman for the state budget office says lawmakers still have to sign off on moving the money around to make it available immediately.

In recent years, the Flint jail has only been a two to three day holding spot until the person arrested is released or can see a judge, for example.

That's the plan again this time, according to Brown. To operate a lock up only facility.

That could impact the already overcrowded, county jail, according to Sheriff Robert Pickell. 

"It will add a burden when they open up the city jail. It will bring more inmates to the county jail," Pickell says.

Pickell says if there's money for his office to keep out sourcing inmates to other, less crowded county jails, that will help ease the burden.

"I think maybe we've boarded out 800 people," he said. Just in the last 8 or 9 months, Pickell says, with state money first allotted last summer to free up space for fresh arrests.

A spokesman for the state budget office says money for the transfer program is included in money Gov. Rick Snyder announced, for Flint, Wednesday.

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