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Residents react to jail construction in neighborhood

LAWRENCE COUNTY, AR (KAIT) -

Several residents in Lawrence County will have a view of the new county jail from their front door.

Voters passed a half-cent sales tax increase on Tuesday, Nov. 10, that will allow the county to move forward with plans to build a new county jail.

The new jail will be located on county land at the corner of W. Elm and 6th streets.

Neighbors are used to looking out onto an empty field, but by 2017 they will be looking at a jail.

Some told Region 8 News they are uneasy about the jail being so close to their homes, while others say it will benefit the county as a whole.

“It will bring more funds to the community because if they shut the jail down up here, where it is at now, that would lose a lot of money for the county,” said Donie Taylor.

One resident who voted for the tax increase told Region 8 News the jail is already close to her house, so she does not see a difference moving it a few blocks closer.

Construction is expected to begin in April 2016.

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