How Detroit Mayor Spent Day In Jail; 120 More To Come


Grapes and chicken for dinner. A Bible at his side. Up at 5:30 a.m. for breakfast. Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick’s day in jail last month could be a harbinger for what’s to come for the mayor, who is resigning Thursday and heading behind bars for 120 days on Oct. 28, reports the Detroit News. Under the Freedom of Information Act, the newspaper obtained 72 pages of logs, memos, and reports from the mayor’s 24 hour and 45 minute incarceration Aug. 7 for a bond violation. The records reflect an uneventful night — and Kilpatrick’s refusal to allow loved ones to see him incarcerated.

As part of a plea bargain to end a yearlong text-message scandal, Kilpatrick pleaded guilty to two felonies, and agreed to serve four months in jail, pay $1 million in restitution and not seek office during a five-year probation. To make sure Kilpatrick didn’t get any special treatment in jail, a sergeant on the midnight shift to made sure Kilpatrick was wearing his jail-issued garb. From 1:30 p.m. to 5:45 p.m., he tried to place 19 collect calls, the only types allowed by inmates, but only four got through. His cost: $17.47. He paid $100 for his electronic tether, a requirement of his being released from jail.


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