Plans advance for a $41M new jail in Muskegon

Muskegon County's Board of Commissioners will consider taking on a $41 million construction project.
Feb 24, 2013


The Jail and Juvenile Transition Center Committee is recommending a new jail be built in the county parking lot. That's across the street from the current jail.

To appease the City of Muskegon, the new and old jails would be connected with a tunnel under Pine Street.

"We have looked at a number of different sites and this is the one I feel -- and the rest of the committee feels -- is the best possible option," Muskegon County Sheriff Dean Roesler said.

The project includes significant renovations at the current jail and a new juvenile facility a few blocks away on Pine Street.



41 million for a new jail!?!? Wow. We really have our priorities backward. We have aging education facilities and closed buildings, yet there is no money for new buildings. Instead of dropping 41 million, why don we look at some of Muskegon Heights closed school buildings as juvenile facilities and start allocating our funding to a more proactive measure (educating our children to avoid needing more jails/jail space). Am I the only one that thinks our priorities are way out of whack!?!?


me too, i dont understand, ottawa county just got a new court house and jail, new school, sure it good for the construction buisness, but the state is complianing there is no money, where do they think the money is going to come from, the tooth fairy

retired DOC

The real shame is that the Muskegon county jail has been over crowded so often that the county needs more space for the crooks.


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