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Official: Wayne County jails work to comply with court order to fix maintenance problems


DETROIT — An official says Wayne County's three jails are working to comply with a court order to fix maintenance problems.

The Detroit Free Press recently toured the facilities, reporting (http://on.freep.com/1MtjC87 ) malfunctioning fire alarm systems; an infirmary without basic medical equipment; the heavy stench of urine and body odor; and outdated video recording equipment for security cameras.

Jeriel Heard, chief of jails and courts for the sheriff's office, says: "We're constantly dealing with issues involving our elevators, fire alarm panels and other health and safety equipment."

Wayne County Circuit Judge Timothy Kenny earlier this year ordered the county to develop a plan for preventative jail maintenance.

The work comes as the county is grappling with what to do about a stalled jail project in downtown Detroit that's costing $1.2 million a month.

Information from: Detroit Free Press, http://www.freep.com

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