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Reopening Flint City Jail Among Gov. Snyder’s Plans

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FLINT (WWJ/AP) - Gov. Rick Snyder plans to call for $4.5 million to reopen the Flint city lockup to free space in the Genesee County Jail.

The Flint Journal reports Tuesday the proposal is among those the Republican governor is expected to unveil Wednesday morning during his public safety plan at the Flint City Hall Annex.

Flint emergency manager Michael Brown has said opening the lockup is important because criminals are “laughing at the system.”

Snyder says it’s unacceptable that Flint, Detroit, Pontiac and Saginaw rank among the nation’s top 10 in violent crime rates for cities with at least 50,000 people.

Snyder’s office said the city jail piece is part of a “comprehensive approach” that includes Flint, Genesee County, Michigan State Police and the Department of Corrections.

His plan’s expected to include $15 million for what he has called law enforcement “enhancements.” He also said changes must include crime prevention and criminal justice reforms. The measure is part of Snyder’s 2013 budget proposal.

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