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New Detroit Jail To Replace Existing Three

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DETROIT (WWJ) – One jail will take the place of three, after Wayne County Commissioners gave final approval to the project.

Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon hopes to consolidate services such as food, medical care and laundry under one roof across from the Frank Murphy Hall of Justice on Gratiot Avenue.

The new jail will replace the two existing jails in downtown Detroit and the relatively new jail in Hamtramck.

WWJ Newsradio 950’s Florence Walton reports the two downtown Detroit jails will probably be demolished, but County Commissioner Martha Scott said the Hamtramck jail building is in good shape.

“I did hear at one time the federal government might want to use it for something,” Scott said. “I’m not sure what’s going to be done with it, but I will be on top of it and make sure that it doesn’t stay vacant.”

Authorized bonds will pay for the $220 million jail.

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