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MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) -- Muskegon County leaders gathered Thursday for a topping-off ceremony for the new jail under construction.

County commissioners, judges, court staff, and law enforcement leaders signed the last steel beam before it was set in place.

The new jail is expected to reduce inmate overcrowding and be a safer environment for inmates and jail guards.

It's being built next to the existing correctional center, and around the corner from the county building a new center for juvenile offenders is also being built.

"That should be opening in September or October of this year, and this building in September or October of next year," said Ken Mahoney, chairman of the Muskegon County Board of Commissioners.

The county was able to fund construction without raising taxes by selling bonds and budgeting for future cost savings.

Portions of the old jail will be used as office space by the Sheriff's Department.

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