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Millage appropriation approved, Randolph County to move forward with jail expansion

POCAHONTAS, AR (KAIT) -

Randolph County can move forward with plans to expand their jail facilities following a special election Tuesday.

Randolph County residents voted to appropriate a current millage to help fund the jail expansion.

According to the Randolph County Clerk's Office, with early and absentee votes and all precincts reporting, more than 65% of voters approved the ballot item.

The unofficial vote was 298 people for the millage appropriation and 160 people against.

Expansion plans for the jail include 40 new male inmate beds and 20 new female inmate beds.

Currently, the jail has 34 beds and is often overcrowded.

According to county officials, they spend between $100,000 and $115,000 each year sending inmates to jails in nearby counties.

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