MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) -- Muskegon County commissioners continue to work toward a solution to solve jail overcrowding issues.
The public safety committee Tuesday approved the first step in a plan to bring in a consultant that specializes in jail and prison issues.
The elected officials want a non-biased opinion on whether they should pursue a plan to transform a vacant state prison in Muskegon into a county jail.
Recently, a group of county leaders and members of the sheriff department toured the state facility.
"This will be bringing in a professional group of outsiders to look at the issues here and see what their recommendation is," says Dan Stout, Muskegon County's undersheriff.
The analysis could start as early as this month.
The study would include cost estimates for converting the prison into a jail.