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Genesee Co. jail facing another overcrowding emergency

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(11/27/12) - For the second time this year, the Genesee County jail is facing an overcrowding emergency.

That means inmates could be released soon to make more room.

The sheriff department says it all comes down to a matter of space. Their jail just isn't big enough.

They have less than three days before they'll have to start releasing inmates, but they're assuring us, no violent criminals will be cut loose.

The jail can hold 580 inmates and right now, it's housing 643.

We're looking at day 11 of the overcrowding emergency; once we hit day 14, that's when they'll have to start releasing inmates.

This is the second time we've seen this, just this year.

Earlier this fall, the sheriff department declared the first overcrowding emergency since 2007.

More than 100 inmates were released that time.

"We look to minimize as best we can those that aren't, if you would, a severe criminal, we don't want to put someone back out on the street, the sheriff myself or any of the judges, who could cause us a problem so we're very careful, and I know the judges are as well, about who we look at releasing," said Major Phil Hart, Genesee County Jail Administrator.

If the overcrowding emergency hits 42 days, the county won't be able to take in new non-violent inmates.

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