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Genesee County Jail still facing overcrowding emergency

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(10/09/12) - Genesee County is still trying to clear inmates out as an overcrowding emergency continues at the jail.

The overcrowding emergency is now nearing its fifth week, according to Sheriff Robert Pickell.

Pickell says more than 100 more have got to go within the next two weeks.

But he wants to be clear - no violent offenders have been or will be released.

"The people that are being released are non-violent, non-threatening," Pickell says.

Pickell says his staff, working with the county's Chief Judge, continues to look at who goes next.

Pickell says they have been quickly shipping those who've been sentenced off to prison and moving other inmates to other county jails.

He declined to give an exact number on how many have been released from the jail so far, but says it has only been non-violent prisoners.

"Everything we're doing, we're doing by the statute," Pickell says.

Making matters worse, Pickell says, they've pretty much cut who they can.

"We've got a lot of people in there we simply can't release because they're violent."

If county officials can't get the inmate numbers down by the 42 day mark?

Pickell says they won't be able to admit certain offenders into the jail.

Again - non-violent offenders.

"I'm hopeful we'll be able to break the count," he says.

Judge Richard Yuille, Chief Judge of Genesee County Courts, says the overcrowding situation at the jail has been a tough nut to crack.

Yuille says he receives bond requests and sentence referrals daily. 

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