Former Detroit mayor Kwame Kilpatrick (6/5/2010)
Updated: Thursday, 10 Jun 2010, 9:09 PM EDT
Published : Wednesday, 09 Jun 2010, 9:06 PM EDT
DETROIT (AP) - A prosecutor said Thursday she opposes letting imprisoned ex-Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick participate in a prison boot camp that could sharply reduce his sentence.
Kym Worthy's office wrote sentencing Judge David Groner and said that the boot camp proposal is inconsistent with the sentence of 14 months to five years. Groner, the Wayne County Circuit judge, has authority to decide whether Kilpatrick can enter the camp, which could make Kilpatrick a free man before serving his minimum sentence for probation violation.
The state Corrections Department said in a letter this week to Wayne County Circuit Judge David Groner that Kilpatrick is eligible for the voluntary, 90-day Special Alternative Incarceration program.
The letter asks if Groner objects to Kilpatrick's move into the program and seeks a response within 30 days. Groner has the option to not acknowledge the letter, which would keep Kilpatrick out of boot camp, Corrections spokesman Russ Marlan said.
"He doesn't even have to respond to the letter," Marlan said. "He doesn't even have to check any box. We don't typically ask again."
Kilpatrick was selected for the program after a standard intake screening for new prisoners. Groner sentenced him May 25 to up to five years in prison for violating probation in two 2008 criminal cases stemming from lies Kilpatrick told under oath during a 2007 whistle-blowers' lawsuit trial.
He served 99 days in county jail and was ordered to repay the City of Detroit $1 million in restitution. He wound up behind bars again last month after Groner determined he failed to adequately report his assets and turn over certain financial records.
Groner ruled he could be released after a minimum of 14 months.
Marlan has said successful boot camp completion would bring automatic parole, something Worthy has said she opposes.
"This program is not consistent with the court's findings nor with the sentence," Worthy wrote to Groner Thursday. "We object to the placement of Mr. Kilpatrick into the ... program and respectfully ask this court to deny the request."
Kilpatrick is imprisoned at the Oaks Correctional Facility in Manistee, about 200 miles northwest of Detroit. The boot camp would be closer to home for Kilpatrick at a facility in Chelsea, about 47 miles west of Detroit.
To get there, a prisoner cannot be serving time for crimes of a particularly violent or assaultive nature, have a history of escape, or a minimum sentence of three years or more, Marlan said.
The Chelsea facility is surrounded by a fence with razor wire. Prisoners are doubled-bunked to a room.
It involves a highly disciplined regimen that includes military-style exercise and work assignments. Visits and phone calls are more limited, and inmates who break rules may be removed from the program.
"It was primarily for younger males," Marlan said. "Now, there is no age restriction and there are females, too. We get some people who are not in the best shape of their lives."
Kilpatrick, a former college football player at Florida A&M, has in recent years complained of a bad knee.
Part of the boot camp program involves daily two-mile runs, but that could be changed "if someone is just starting and we're concerned about their health," Marlan said.