The Montmorency sheriff's office has been working on a deal to use the county jail's unused beds to house state prisoners.
Undersheriff Brian Crane says the department is looking to bring in 20 state prisoners. The state would cover transportation and medical bills, and the county would pay for medical transportation costs.
The Alpena News reports the jail recently housed inmates from Isabella County. That arrangement didn't work out as planned, so the county decided to pursue a deal with the state.
Housing state prisoners would bring in an extra $35 per day per inmate to the jail, which is $9 more than the county was getting per prisoner from Isabella County.
Crane says the department hopes to start bringing in the state prisoners after Jan. 1.