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Stateside Podcast: Jail comes with steep costs

wayne county sheriff headquarters exteriors. a brick building fills the frame. The entrance has four tall narrow windows that fill the height of the building. The middle two windows first story are doors.
Paulette Parker
Michigan Radio
The Corrections Telecom Company gives Wayne County a minimum of $1.75 million a year.

Inmates at Wayne County’s jail have experienced very long stays over the course of the pandemic. For many families who have loved ones at the jail, it can be financially challenging to stay in touch during that time. Beenish Ahmed, Michigan Radio’s criminal justice reporter, brought us a story from one woman whose husband is being held at the jail.

Then, Washtenaw County Sheriff Jerry Clayton joined us to discuss how Washtenaw County has been looking to reduce the costs of things like court-related fines and booking fees for incarcerated individuals.


  • Beenish Ahmed, criminal justice reporter for Michigan Radio
  • Sheriff Jerry Clayton, Washtenaw County sheriff

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Music in this episode is byBlue Dot Sessions

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Ronia Cabansag is a producer for Stateside. She comes to Michigan Radio from Eastern Michigan University, where she earned a BS in Media Studies & Journalism and English Linguistics with a minor in Computer Science.