State Wants to Build New Prison for Women - KAIT Jonesboro, AR - Region 8 News, weather, sports

Newport, AR

State Wants to Build New Prison for Women

JUNE 1, 2004 - Posted at 12:36 a.m. CDT

 

NEWPORT, AR - With prison space overcrowded for female inmates, the state Board of Correction voted today to seek permission to build a 200-bed women's unit.  The unit had been delayed for years because of budget cuts.

Prison spokeswoman Dina Tyler says the State Department of Correction will ask the Legislature for authority to transfer $3 million allocated for positions that have gone unfilled to pay for a metal building to be built with inmate labor at the Wrightsville Unit.

The board's vote followed one to invoke the Emergency Powers Act to let up to 630 parole-eligible inmates out of prison up to 90 days early to ease overcrowding.

In two weeks, the board will consider freeing up to another 100 parole-eligible inmates under an expanded Emergency Powers Act that allows parole up to a year early.

As of today, the state's male prison population stood at 11,700, which capacity for men is 10,978.  There were 760 women in prison, 98 over capacity.

Also, 163 of the 763 state prisoners backed up in county jails are women.

(Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

  • Region 8 News</span><a class="customMoreLink" href="/Global/category.asp?C=4391" target="_top">More >></a>Region 8 NewsMore>>

  • breaking

    Authorities search for armed, dangerous suspect

    Authorities search for armed, dangerous suspect

    Sunday, June 17 2018 6:51 PM EDT2018-06-17 22:51:15 GMT
    Sunday, June 17 2018 6:58 PM EDT2018-06-17 22:58:15 GMT
    (Source: Raycom Media)(Source: Raycom Media)

    Officials in Lawrence County are asking people on the west side of Imboden to keep their doors locked as law enforcement looks for an armed and dangerous suspect who fled from police Sunday afternoon.

    Officials in Lawrence County are asking people on the west side of Imboden to keep their doors locked as law enforcement looks for an armed and dangerous suspect who fled from police Sunday afternoon.

  • Mayor Harold Perrin named first VP of Arkansas Municipal League

    Mayor Harold Perrin named first VP of Arkansas Municipal League

    Sunday, June 17 2018 5:31 PM EDT2018-06-17 21:31:04 GMT
    Sunday, June 17 2018 6:26 PM EDT2018-06-17 22:26:26 GMT

    Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin has been named First Vice President of the Arkansas Municipal League.

    Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin has been named First Vice President of the Arkansas Municipal League.

  • Group works to help families eat smart

    Group works to help families eat smart

    Sunday, June 17 2018 5:26 PM EDT2018-06-17 21:26:00 GMT
    Sunday, June 17 2018 6:02 PM EDT2018-06-17 22:02:40 GMT
    (Source: KAIT)(Source: KAIT)
    (Source: KAIT)(Source: KAIT)

    A group is working to teach people how to eat healthy on a budget.

    A group is working to teach people how to eat healthy on a budget.

Powered by Frankly