Livingston County Moves Forward On Jail Expansion

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HOWELL, Mich. (AP) -- Livingston County has approved plans to issue up to $15 million in bonds to pay for a jail expansion as part of an effort to deal with overcrowding at the facility.

The Livingston County Daily Press & Argus and WHMI-FM report the county's board signed off on the plans this week.

Chairwoman Carol Griffith says the current facility "is out of compliance and poses potential liability issues."

On a typical day, for example, the jail has 60 female inmates even though it has beds for 31. The expanded jail is proposed to have beds for at least 80 females. Overall, the $16.7 million expansion will increase capacity from 254 beds to 411.

Reserve funds also will help fund the project. Construction could start this fall and be completed by May.