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Stateside Podcast: Wayne County's juvenile jail crisis

The façade of the William Dickerson Detention Facility, a large brown building with tinted windows and an USA flag posted in front of the front doors.
via Wayne County Sherriff Connect

Last week, Wayne County Executive Warren Evans gave his State of the County address during which he made mention of the issues at Wayne County's William Dickerson Detention Facility in Hamtramck.

During his speech, Evans declared a public health emergency at the facility, citing issues of overcrowding and understaffing.

Christine MacDonald, investigative reporter for the Detroit Free Press, has been following the situation at the facility.

She said that there have been points in time where the staffing at the juvenile detention facility has been so low that some minors reported staying in their cells for weeks at at time. They could not leave the cells to bathe, recreate, or eat — only occasionally to take out trash that piled up.

You can read Christine MacDonald's original reporting here.

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  • Christine MacDonald, investigative reporter for Detroit Free Press

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Rachel Ishikawa joined Michigan Public in 2020 as a podcast producer. She produced Kids These Days, a limited-run series that launched in the summer of 2020.
Dan Netter joined the Stateside team as an intern in May 2022 and is a senior at Michigan State University studying Journalism and Social Relations & Policy.