Office of Genesee County Sheriff 

Corrections Division
GENESEE COUNTY JAIL

Administrator Leroy Cobb
ADMINISTRATOR - Leroy Cobb
Administrator Cobb's portrait by Signature Portrait Studio

Genesee County Jail

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MISSION STATEMENT
The Genesee County Jail utilizes all cost effective alternatives to incarceration, consistent with public safety and protection of inmate rights. When such alternatives are not applicable, inmates will be incarcerated in a constitutional, secure and humane environment. The essentials of human life are provided to inmates in a non discriminatory manner and continuance of family. and community contacts is encouraged.

FACILITY
  • Design: Podular / Direct Supervision
  • Opened: November 1988
  • Cost: 33 Million Dollars
  • Rated Design Capacity: 580
  • Prisoner Status: Pre-Trial Detention & Sentenced
  • Average Daily Population: 575 (55 Women)
  • Prisoners Lodged Annually: 13,000
  • Prisoner Programs: General Education Studies, Substance Abuse Counseling, Religious
  • Prisoner Sentence Reduction Programs: Trusty, Work Release, Work Detail Monitored
  • Monitored Release Program: Electronic Tether
Staff
  • Staff: 146 Correction Staff, 20 Support Personnel, & Numerous Community Volunteers
  • Staff Training: Interpersonal Communication, First Aid, C.P.R., Suicide Prevention, 160 hour Correctional Academy, On the Job Training and Training Bulletins Advancement
  • Operating Budget: 11.9 Million Dollars
History

   IN 1979 TEN INMATES FILED A FEDERAL CLASS ACTION SUIT CITING LIVING CONDITIONS AND THE ABSENCE OF INMATE PROGRAMMING. THE GENESEE COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS VOTED IN 1985 TO BUILD A NEW JAIL AS A RESOLUTION TO THE CLASS ACTION LITIGATION.

AFTER OPENING IN NOVEMBER OF 1988 THE INMATE POPULATION SWELLED TO ITS INITIAL DESIGNED CAPACITY OF 390 FORCING FORMER SHERIFF JOE WILSON TO ENACT AN OFFENDER ACCEPTANCE CRITERIA.

MEMBERS OF THE SHERIFF’S ADMINISTRATION AND THE MICHIGAN DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS REASSESSED THE RATED DESIGNED CAPACITY OF THE JAIL. THE REASSESSMENT RESULTED IN A NEW "RATED DESIGN CAPACITY" WHICH WOULD PERMIT THE DOUBLE BUNKING OF INMATES. HOWEVER, THIS DID NOT SOLVE THE JAIL OVERCROWDING PROBLEM.

IN 1998, THEN SHERIFF WILSON, TWICE ENACTED THE EMERGENCY JAIL OVERCROWDING ACT DO TO JAIL OVERCROWDING, AN UNPOPULAR BUT NECESSARY DECISION.

TODAY THE JAIL OPERATES AT AN AVERAGE DAILY POPULATION OF 575 INMATES. THE OFFENDER ACCEPTANCE CRITERIA IS STILL IN USE AND REVIEWED QUARTERLY.

SHERIFF ROBERT PICKELL HAS WORKED CLOSELY WITH THE LOCAL JUDGES IN MANAGING THE JAIL’S INMATE POPULATION.
 
 

FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE GENESEE COUNTY JAIL CONTACT US AT (810)257-3406 OR AT OUR E-MAIL ADDRESS, sheriff@sheriffpickell.com

 

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