AUGUST 8, 2004 - Posted at 3:12 p.m. CDT
BATESVILLE, AR - Officials at Batesville and surrounding Independence County are hoping the state can make a commitment that would allow a youth lockup at Batesville to reopen. The 30-bed, 9,000-square-foot juvenile detention center closed on July 30 because it wasn't getting enough business from the state and nearby counties.
Jim Starzy, former administrator at the privately owned and operated youth lockup, said expenses had risen too high to be covered by income the center was receiving. He said liability insurance premiums had risen from about $10,000 a year to about $50,000 a year.