County jail takes in state inmates to help with overflow

County jail takes in state inmates to help with overflow
One Region 8 Sheriff’s Department is working with the Arkansas Department of Corrections, and the deal could benefit the county.

GREENE COUNTY, AR (KAIT) - An area sheriff’s department is working with the Arkansas Department of Correction and the deal could benefit the county.

The Greene County Sheriff’s Department is currently housing state inmates.

These inmates have been sentenced and are waiting for beds to open up at the ADC.

Right now, there are over 1,800 inmates waiting for a bed in the state prison system.

Greene County Sheriff Steve Franks said they have several open beds in their jail and will be working with Sebastian and Pulaski counties to help ease their loads.

“We just want to do our part and help out other sheriff’s departments in other counties to free up some bed space until the state can get their bed space available,” said Franks.

The state pays the sheriff’s office $30 a day for every inmate they hold, and that money goes back into the jail fund.

Sheriff Franks wants the people of Greene County to know the state inmates are never released into the county, they’re always transported to the ADC once a bed is available.

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