Detroit Detention Center to open Aug. 1

Two housing units at the former Mound facility are projected to open Aug. 1, and the Department of Corrections sent recall letters Monday.

Recalls were issued out of seniority order to fulfill the Bona Fide Occupational Qualification (BFOQ). Officers in the MCO bargaining unit will fill 44 positions at the new Detroit Detention Center, and 17 of those jobs must be filled by women. Pursuant to Civil Service Rule 1-8.4, the Department requested and was approved by Civil Service to establish gender based BFOQs for the female Housing Unit. The 12 women on the list have been recalled, leaving openings for five more. MCO and the Department are discussing how to select female officers to fill the vacancies.

At this time, the Department will allow exchange transfers to DDC only for people in the layoff unit. Exchange transfer requests must be emailed to David Silsbury at by 5 p.m. July 15. Requests sent to David Silsbury are irrevocable — you must follow through with a transfer to DDC if your request is approved.

The city lockup will be a different environment with new challenges for state corrections officers. Several hundred new detainees will be booked after arrest each week, and detainees will be held for no more than 72 hours. Many will be arrested on the streets and will need time to detox. COs will search and fingerprint detainees and administer breath tests in the housing units. They’ll also be involved in video arraignments and booking. DDC employees will be trained for these new tasks.

The facility is being remodeled to hold up to 150 men and 50 women. Michigan Reformatory Deputy Warden Anthony Stewart will leave his post to oversee operations at DDC.

MCO will keep members posted throughout this process. Watch your KYIs and bulletins in the coming weeks for more information.

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