COLDWATER, MI (WTVB) – After narrowly averting an overcrowding emergency last week, the Branch County Jail again is bulging at the seams. As of this morning the inmate count is 158, well over the rated capacity of 142. If the jail is over capacity for seven straight days, the Circuit Court is notified and in most occasions, three days later the court declares an overcrowding emergency and inmates are released to get the jail down to 90% of the rated capacity.
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