Brennan remains behind bars; no early releases from county jail in wake of COVID-19 at this time

2 mins read

As jails in Washtenaw, Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties reduce prison populations in response to the coronavirus crisis, Livingston County’s most-famous jail inmate — disgraced former Livingston County District Judge Theresa Brennan — will remain housed.

It’s not known where Brennan is housed. One day after reporting to the Livingston County Jail to begin serving a six-month sentence after pleading guilty to a single charge of perjury in her divorce case, Brennan was moved to another facility. Even though she was housed in a secure, separate location locally, there was a chance Brennan could have come into contact with people she had dealt with in court.

No matter where she is housed, though, Brennan is considered a Livingston County prisoner, and conditions at the Livingston County Jail at present don’t warrant considering any early releases.

“We are at roughly half capacity and have a lot of ability to segregate and isolate,” said Livingston County Sheriff Michael Murphy. “And, frankly, our jail has never been cleaner. I firmly believe that folks in jail are safer here than they are on the ‘outside’ with all our procedures and protocols in place, plus having on-site medical.”

Would Brennan be considered for an early release if Livingston County’s COVID-19 situation changed?

“Yes,” Murphy said. “If things were to change, she would be considered (for early release) along with everyone else. As I have said from the beginning, she is being treated no differently than any other inmate.”

According to a Click on Detroit report, only non-violent offenders are being considered for release in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis, and all decisions are being made by court judges, often the one who did the sentencing.

At the present time, Brennan is scheduled to be released in late June 2020.

Sharing is caring!

The Livingston Post is the only locally owned, all-digital information and opinion site in Livingston County, Mich. It was launched by award-winning journalists who were laid off from the Livingston County Daily Press & Argus by Gannett Co. Inc. in 2009.