mike bouchard http://michiganradio.org en Inmates in Oakland County jail released due to overcrowding http://michiganradio.org/post/inmates-oakland-county-jail-released-due-overcrowding <p>Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard says releasing more than 200 prisoners from the overcrowded&nbsp; County Jail could have been avoided,&nbsp; if judges had used alternative sentencing.</p><p>He&nbsp; tells <a href="http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20120824/METRO02/208240357/1409/METRO/Oakland-County-Jail-inmates-go-free-due-lack-space">The Detroit News</a> he sent a letter to judges earlier this month, notifying them of the "jail emergency and asking for cooperation to help avoid it."</p><p>Michigan law requires sentence reductions if prisoners don't pose a high risk.</p><p>Bouchard says beds are being used by inmates who don't need to be in jail, and could have been punished differently, avoiding the problem. Fri, 24 Aug 2012 15:27:12 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 8798 at http://michiganradio.org Oakland County looks to expand crime lab to analyze DNA http://michiganradio.org/post/oakland-county-looks-expand-crime-lab-analyze-dna <p>Oakland County could soon help ease a statewide backlog of DNA evidence that in some cases has delayed the prosecution of criminal cases.</p><p><a href="http://www.oakgov.com/sheriff/about/bio_bouchard.html">Oakland County Sheriff Mike Bouchard</a> says years of work to upgrade his crime lab have paid off. The lab has been certified by a national group to handle DNA evidence. And Bouchard says that will allow the county to apply for federal grants to make final preparations and hire staff to do the work.</p> Wed, 31 Aug 2011 01:18:25 +0000 Sarah Hulett 3971 at http://michiganradio.org Policing Pontiac: Oakland County Sheriff preparing to move in http://michiganradio.org/post/policing-pontiac-oakland-county-sheriff-preparing-move <p><a href="http://www.oakgov.com/sheriff/">Oakland County Sheriff Mike Bouchard&nbsp;</a> is making plans to take over the policing duties in Pontiac.&nbsp; The city of Pontiac is shutting down its police department as the city deals with severe budget problems.&nbsp;</p><p>The city&rsquo;s rank and file police officers voted to dissolve their union contract this week.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Other public safety unions must also do the same before the Sheriff&rsquo;s department takes over.&nbsp; Sheriff Bouchard says policing Pontiac will pose some public safety challenges to his office.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 10 Mar 2011 22:03:42 +0000 Steve Carmody 1598 at http://michiganradio.org Policing Pontiac: Oakland County Sheriff preparing to move in