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Randolph County officials wrap up one big project, hope voters approve another

RANDOLPH COUNTY, AR (KAIT) -

Randolph County is wrapping up a multi-million dollar project in Pocahontas. County officials expect to have the keys to the new nursing home by mid-October.

Just a few days prior to that, a special election will determine whether they can move forward with their next big project.

On October 13, voters will decide whether or not to dedicate a mill that is already on the books to pay for a jail expansion.

"We've got growth going on in Randolph County and with growth, our jail needs are going to increase," Judge Jansen said. "I'm realistic, I know that. We've over capacity most of the time now with our male population."

The Randolph County Jail has 34 beds and is often at or over capacity.

According to Judge Jansen, the county gave $100,000 this year to other county jails in the area to house inmates.

"We've appropriated $115,000 this year of taxpayer money and feeding it to other jails to house our females and our out of county prisoners, it doesn't take long to waste a bunch of taxpayer money." Judge Jansen said.
The planned expansion includes 40 new beds for men and 20 new beds for the female inmates.

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