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The County Jail

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A vlsitor to thc jatl notkes vcry mnrked mprovcmuut, by repairs, whlttWuhlng, ulnting.&c. The building Is noYv probaly in as good a conditíon as may be, ivlthut alteratloiw mil enlargdttsnt. The vards ture BdáÉclent to allow, under oidlnay circumsianees.of eeparatfon, not ouly oí scxes, butofftccused and coiivicted persons, witncsses andyouth Persons ander charge rsciiteucu for ciimi; are now in a separate vard, detalned witncsses being up stalrs. The special coininicsioncrs of the Leglsa'ure liave made the following report of Washtenaw couuty jall: "Brick building ontalning 22 culis for men, and 4 for, 4x8 feet and 7 feet hlgb ; HXea kept apart; rellgiou3 services eyery 8nnlay ; sumo books are furnlshcd ; no bathlng acilitics ; no employmcut ; free coramunlation allowed ; privy arrangements are very bad, offenslve, and uuwholesomo ; building la bad condition ; necd repairs; ílghest uumber of Inmates, 12 ; valué not tated." A. bathlng room should be prorided. One oftlie celia mlght be used for thls pnrpose, and the expense oflntroduclng water would íot be great. Last summcr duiing the hot months, 11 men, who had been arrested just as the term of court closed, were detalucd íere, with no lacillties for tliorouglily ng thcir persons. The prlvy must be offenslvc In warm weather. Tliis wealthy couiity should not rcfuse a few huudred dollars to 'mako thcir jail worthy ofcivlüzatlon. Let tliis be renumbercd when the Board of Supervisors meet.


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