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Jail Expansion Plans In Livingston County Advance

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HOWELL, Mich. (WLNS) – Livingston County Commissioners on Monday moved forward with a $16 million plan to expand the county jail. Officials said the expansion will help alleviate the overcrowding problem that’s forced officials to crowd inmates into cells or ship them to other counties.

“We’ve been dealing with overcrowding and the classification of inmates for the last 15 years…but we’ve come to a time now where we need a jail,” said Sheriff Bob Bezotte.

Commissioner and Chairman of the Jail Improvement Committee, Don Parker, said since the jail’s last expansion, the county has seen an uptick both in inmates and the type of inmates housed in the jail, namely female inmates.

Opponents of the expansion argued there are other problems the county should focus its attention on, rather than jail expansion. “There are so many other needs in the county,” said Howell Trustee Mike Tipton who hoped to see more of a focus on roads, sheriff’s patrols and increased wages for county workers. He also hoped the commissioners would hold a public vote for the jail expansion, rather than making the decision themselves.

Commissioners say the expansion will not cost taxpayers, and will be funded through tax-exempt bonds. 
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