NEWPORT, AR (KAIT) - Jackson County has thrown their hat in the ring for the new maximum security state prison.
The Jackson County Quorum Court will approve a resolution on Thursday in support of having the new state prison built in Jackson County.
“We see the benefits of having a prison in your community because we already have an Arkansas Corrections Facility here," said Jon Chadwell, director of economic development in Newport.
The Arkansas correctional facilities board is accepting proposals from communities willing to host a new $100 million, 1,000-bed maximum-security prison. The board says it's looking for a site with at least 400 acres, close to an airport and college or university.
"It provides good jobs, there stable jobs, and there are a lot of jobs that people can get without advanced degrees," Chadwell said.
Two state prisons: Grimes and McPherson are located just 4 miles northeast of Newport. Chadwell said the prison would provide a stable income for people in the community.
"People have a chance to have really good benefits, health insurance, retirement, things of that nature," he said.
The new facility would house the most difficult inmates in the prison system. The prison would include 1,000 one-man and two-man cells, with extra space set aside for 200 single-cell isolation units.