Quorum Court discusses options for new county jail

Quorum Court discusses options for new county jail
(Source: KAIT)

LAWRENCE COUNTY, AR (KAIT) - The Lawrence County Quorum Court met Monday night to discuss the county's options for opening a new jail.

A few weeks ago the Arkansas Jail Standards Committee met with Lawrence County officials, and the county now has six months to come up with a permanent solution to house inmates before the jail closes.

County Judge Dale Freeman says they do have options for the location of a new jail.

The county has a piece of property that they bought from the Children's Shelter in Walnut Ridge. "I've asked the quorum court to consider the complex building and the agriculture building at Black Rock also," said Judge Freeman.

He said said the project could cost up to $10 million, and they hope to have more than 100 cells.

Residents at the meeting suggested building a larger facility and housing state inmates so the jail could make money. They also expressed concern about tax money that would be needed.

The discussion was continued until the next scheduled meeting, when Judge Freeman says the quorum court will have more definite price numbers. He does plan to meet with several architects and constcompaniesompnaies before then. The judge also plans to form a specific committee for this project.

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