Zack Reed Reports to Solon Jail

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CLEVELAND -- Cleveland city councilman Zack Reed turned himself in Wednesday morning to serve a 10 day sentence for drunk driving.

But he's not serving his sentence in the city jail.

Reed was booked into the Solon Police Department around 8:15 a.m. Wednesday.

The 52-year-old Ward Two councilman is serving 10 days behind bars after he was convicted earlier this month of drunk driving for the third time since 2005. He was arrested in downtown Cleveland in March.

"I really think that wherever the crime was committed, I think that's where he should serve," said Dayna Clingain.

FOX 8 spoke to people downtown and in Reed's ward in the Mount Pleasant neighborhood. All agreed he needs to serve his time, but some feel serving his sentence in a suburban jail rather than the city jail amounts to special treatment.

"It's nicer, it's move lavish, yeah, compared to where he's supposed to be at," said Shawn Lindsey.

"He's getting showed favoritism and he's being protected by the system. Because who gets to serve their time in Solon? Probably in a nice cushion jail as opposed to the city jail," said Monique Moore.

When Councilman Reed spent some time behind bars in 2008, he did spend it at the Cleveland House of Correction in Highland Hills, but a spokeswoman for the city says he was kept in the infirmary for his protection.

Cleveland officials released a statement, saying because he is a high-profile inmate, putting him at the House of Corrections "may have put the councilman at risk because he may have been sharing quarters with individuals who were the subject of complaints by the councilman or may have been impacted by laws Mr. Reed helped enact."

"He do need protection because he has put a lot of people off the streets over here," said Paulette Williams.

Solon police issued a statement saying, "it is not unusual for the City of Solon to house prisoners in unique circumstances based on security needs or other concerns of the municipality involved."

Police say the jail has a capacity of 26 and averages between 15 to 22 inmates per month. The jail is divided up into individual cells, dormitories and special needs areas.

They say Councilman Reed will receive the same food and housing as all other inmates.

"He's paying his debt to society. Either way, he's doing 10 days in jail," said Demetrius Marshall.

"Because he's doing it in Solon, to me, it's no big deal. As long as he is doing his time and he's trying to do what he has to do for what he's done wrong," said Donald Eafford.

"Jail is jail, wherever he goes, it's gonna be jail ... he's not gonna be able to get out," said Ray Mickol.

Cleveland officials say they requested to have Reed spend his time at the Cuyahoga County Jail, but a county official said they requested he be moved to Solon so they can use their vacant beds to house violent criminals.

The Cuyahoga County Sheriff's Department is one of many municipalities inside and outside of Cuyahoga County that uses the Solon jail to house inmates.

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