Senator MacDonald gets $25 million for Macomb County Jail project

LANSING, Michigan— Sen. Michael D. MacDonald on Tuesday helped secure $25 million in state funding to support construction of the Macomb County Jail’s new Central Admissions Center as part of the state’s budget for the 2023 fiscal year of the Senate.

“This critical funding would help Macomb County improve its prison operations to better address the substance abuse and mental health issues of accused felons,” said MacDonald, R-Macomb Township. “Law enforcement officials have recognized for years that many inmates suffer from mental illness and/or addiction. By focusing on the treatment these offenders need rather than simply punishing them for their crimes, we can help reduce crime, improve outcomes for everyone involved, and save taxpayers money.

“I am proud to have helped secure this funding in the Senate Budget Plan and look forward to working with the Governor and the House to provide this important support to our community.”

MacDonald said an amendment was added to Senate Bill 837, the Michigan State Police Budget, to create a pilot prison mental health program that would qualify Macomb County Jail to receive $25 million in financial support to help build an assessment center at the prison to improve the system for diverting accused felons to mental health and addiction treatment. Funding would require a 50% county match.

The bill now heads to the House of Representatives for consideration.

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Photo caption: Sen. Michael D. MacDonald, R-Macomb Township, encourages the Senate to support the Michigan State Police budget, which would create a new pilot prison mental health program that would qualify Macomb County Jail for receive $25 million in financial support to help build an assessment center at the prison to improve the system for diverting accused felons to mental health and addiction treatment.

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