Jails emptying, crime rate stable
Updated: Mar 3, 2021
Good news in these uncertain times. Bridge Magazine asks "Coronavirus emptied Michigan’s jails without crime surge. Time for reform?" The article notes that "[t]he statewide jail population fell from about 17,000 of 18,000 beds in mid-March to about 8,000 six weeks later," but the released inmates weren't committing new crimes and crime rates decreased. The magazine quotes State Court Administrator Tom Boyd as saying “I’d say we’re pretty close to proof of theory.”
Encouraging stuff. Article here.