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Branch County Jail still full

Branch County Jail
Branch County Jail

COLDWATER, MI (WTVB) - The Branch County jail begins this second full week in May at full capacity with 142 inmates locked up at the facility to start out Monday. That was the number on Friday when 14 people, including 3 women, were booked into the jail.

A total of 13 more were arrested Saturday and Sunday with 7 suspected drunk drivers booked over the weekend. The last time jail was this crowded was about a month ago on April Ninth when the number of prisoners was 143, including 31 female inmates. The number of women behind bars right now is down just a bit with 25 female inmates as of today. But that is still twice as many as the former medical care facility was redesigned to hold. Plans to address the female overcrowding problem remain under discussion by county officials.