Branch Co. Sheriff: Jail overcrowded

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COLDWATER, Mich. (WOOD) — Overcrowding at the Branch County Jail has resulted in the third state of emergency declaration by the sheriff this year.

The jail has exceeded its 142-inmate capacity for 13 consecutive days, a Monday release from the Branch County Sheriff’s Office said.

The Circuit Court judge and District Court judge were notified of the jail’s over capacity in accordance with state law, the sheriff’s office said.

On June 18, the sheriff’s office sent out an overcrowding certification, showing the jail had been over capacity for seven days. After court authorities had a few days to confirm the numbers were not a sheriff’s office error, the state of emergency declaration was issued.

The sheriff also declared an overcrowding state of emergency at the jail in February and April.

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