Muskegon County Jail Makes More Room at the “Inn”
Just a quick update from my visit to Muskegon yesterday. The expansion of the Muskegon County Jail appears to be making progress.
According to Mlive, the new jail is supposed to be completed in June of 2015 and cost over $37 million and is expected to house over 500 additional inmates. This will undoubtedly make it more difficult for those convicted of felonies or misdemeanors to avoid jail due to overcrowding, as has been common in the past.
Perhaps the most striking thing about the construction is that the new jail appears to have been simply dropped in front of the Muskegon County Courthouse, in the old parking lot, with little regard to the aesthetics or urban planning. It stands in sharp contrast to the smart city planning we are seeing in Grand Rapids and should remind us all that the cheapest option is not always the best option. The location of the new jail overwhelms the courthouse and, at least at this point, there does not appear to be any effort to tie the buildings together other than through proximity. Hopefully, that phase is coming.
In the meantime, if you are looking to avoid a visit to the new Muskegon County Jail in 2015 following a DUI arrest in Muskegon, call us for a free consultation at (231) 924-8700 or (616) 458-5500 or visit us online.