Ingham County Sheriff spends time in local jail

Posted at 6:49 AM, Jan 11, 2017
and last updated 2017-01-11 09:55:23-05

Ingham County Sheriff Scott Wriggelsworth and Undersheriff Andrew Bouck checked themselves into the Ingham County Jail in Mason on Sunday evening.

The Sheriff's Office says they were booked into the jail, given jumpsuits, and were locked up for 40 hours. They were expected to be treated like any other jail inmate, so they could get an inside look at how the facility operates.

"I could read it in a book, I could have a corrections deputy tell me how it happens, or I could spend some time watching it happen. But I felt to actually live, eat, and breathe, what happens back there. From cell checks to people going to medical, to how you eat, what the food tastes like, what it sounds like, all that stuff I think is important for a Sheriff to know," said Wriggelsworth.

The Sheriff spent his time mopping the floors, playing cards, chess, and watching Monday night's college football championship game.

He says the accommodations are rigid, and uncomfortable, but fair.