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Initiative proposes street outreach as a fix for drug overdoses, violence

Flint, MI– Every morning, seven days a week, Michael Bolton loads his stash of Narcan into his car, and drives into Flint neighborhoods, offering it to anyone who will take it.  Narcan is a common brand name for Naloxone, a medication used for the emergency treatment of a known or suspected opioid overdose.  With a…

Genesee County Jail overcrowded, most inmates unsentenced. What can be done?

Flint, MI– The Genesee County Jail is on their 22nd consecutive day of being overcrowded, and only 4% of the jail’s population has been sentenced.   According to Captain Jason Gould from the Genesee County Sheriff’s Department, the inmate count on July 29 was 610. Only 25 of those people have sentences.   After about two weeks…

How Genesee County wants to change criminal justice: A New Juvenile Justice Center

Flint, MI– “This is not a kid jail.” That’s what the Genesee County Court Administrator Rhonda Ihm wants people to know about the new $20 million Juvenile Justice Center being built to replace the old one, parts of which are more than a hundred years old and not entirely functional.  Replacing the building had been…

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