COPY-NE Ark. officials meet to discuss regional jail

Associated Press - August 26, 2010 12:14 PM ET

WALNUT RIDGE, Ark. (AP) - County officials from six northeastern Arkansas counties have met to discuss the possibility of building a regional jail.

Lawrence County Sheriff Dan Ellison called for the meeting that was attended Wednesday by sheriffs, county judges, quorum court members and other officials from Greene, Clay, Lawrence, Randolph, Jackson and Sharp counties.

Jail officials in the region have reported surging inmate populations in recent years. The Greene, Lawrence, Sharp and Jackson County jails report overcrowding while the Randolph County jail faces budget problems from feeding more inmates.

Sheriffs have discussed building a 300 to 500 bed centrally located jail at a cost of more than $5 million to house male and female inmates.

Information from: The Jonesboro Sun,

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