Top law enforcement officials in Detroit’s Wayne County’s say hundreds of vacant jail beds are not because of a drop in crime or more reasonable sentencing. Floors of the downtown Detroit jail are empty because police are arresting fewer people, reports the Detroit Free Press. Three county jails that held about 2,500 prisoners a year ago now house 400 fewer inmates.
Sheriff Warren Evans said police are so slow to respond to some calls that the crimes never get reported. Prosecutor Kym Worthy was more blunt: “We don’t tell the truth about crime,” she said. Detroit has lost hundreds of sworn officers in recent years. The Police Department didn’t respond to requests for interviews with its top leaders, but it released preliminary statistics showing an overall decline in criminal activity this year, despite a 24 percent increase in homicides.