Jackson Co. breaks ground on new jail - KAIT Jonesboro, AR - Region 8 News, weather, sports

Jackson Co. breaks ground on new jail

NEWPORT, AR (KAIT)- Jackson County officials came together for a groundbreaking ceremony for the new county jail Tuesday.

The new facility will be built east of town near the ASU- Newport campus.

"We're finally at our groundbreaking which has taken about a year," said Jackson County Judge Jeff Phillips. "To finally get everything where it's needed and for us to get started is nothing but pure relief."

Jackson County Judge Jeff Phillips said this project has been a year in the making, and bad weather conditions forced them to delay construction.

"We've got a long way to go and they said the project it's going to take 15 months to complete," he said. 

The county got the land for free after a swap with the local bond board.

"We traded that for this 4 acres which is a lot more land, and a lot more for future expansion for gardening," Phillips said. 

Jackson County Sheriff David Lucas said he wants to thank the residents who made today possible. Last year voters approved two sales taxes to fund the project.  

"They've given us the tools that we need and my officers need to do their job," Lucas said. "It's a lot of relief; it's been about a nine year struggle for me. I've been trying to get to this point since 2005 when I first took office."

And Lucas said this new locations comes with a lot of benefits.

"The benefits of having it out here versus in town where we're at, number one we're out of a residential area and we're more secure out here," Lucas told Region 8 News. 

There is one way in and one way out. The new facility will have 104 beds which is a step up from the 26 bed facility the county currently has.

"It's 4 times the size of what we're in right now but the total facility itself is just under 38,000 square feet," Lucas said. 

Lucas said they spent $100,000 dollars last year sending inmates to another county because they didn't have the room.

Jackson County Judge Jeff Phillips said that bids will open at 2 p.m. Thursday at the courthouse and the construction will start soon after a bid has been selected.

Copyright 2014 KAIT. All rights reserved.

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

  • Rookie from New Jersey wins World Series of Poker, $8.1M

    Rookie from New Jersey wins World Series of Poker, $8.1M

    Saturday, July 22 2017 8:52 PM EDT2017-07-23 00:52:37 GMT
    Sunday, July 23 2017 4:52 PM EDT2017-07-23 20:52:01 GMT
    The marquee no-limit Texas Hold 'em main event of the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas is down to the final three players vying for the top prize of more than $8.1 million.
    The marquee no-limit Texas Hold 'em main event of the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas is down to the final three players vying for the top prize of more than $8.1 million.
  • Restaurant's policy limits those with kids to one drink

    Restaurant's policy limits those with kids to one drink

    Sunday, July 23 2017 2:50 PM EDT2017-07-23 18:50:46 GMT
    Sunday, July 23 2017 2:50 PM EDT2017-07-23 18:50:46 GMT

    A long-standing rule at Peddlers Bar & Bistro limits anyone dining with children to one alcoholic beverage, in order to hopefully limit the danger children face from drunk drivers.

    A long-standing rule at Peddlers Bar & Bistro limits anyone dining with children to one alcoholic beverage, in order to hopefully limit the danger children face from drunk drivers.

  • ASP: One dead, two injured in crash

    ASP: One dead, two injured in crash

    Sunday, July 23 2017 9:53 AM EDT2017-07-23 13:53:01 GMT
    Sunday, July 23 2017 1:34 PM EDT2017-07-23 17:34:21 GMT
    (Source: Raycom Media)(Source: Raycom Media)

    A White County woman was killed and two others were injured Saturday night in a two-vehicle accident, according to a preliminary fatality report from the Arkansas State Police.

    A White County woman was killed and two others were injured Saturday night in a two-vehicle accident, according to a preliminary fatality report from the Arkansas State Police.

Powered by Frankly