Sheriff looks to upgrade jail for more storage

Sheriff says jail needs updating
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)

CLAY COUNTY, AR (KAIT) - The Clay County sheriff is looking to make some upgrades to the detention center.

Sheriff Terry Miller said the jail is running out of storage space, and some of the equipment needs replacing.

"We are running out of storage space for supplies that are needed by the jail also for our offices, we are just running out of storage places in this old building," Miller said.

Miller said the jail is the original one built back in 1999, and some of the equipment is that old as well.

"We have had issues with the heating and cooling equipment, the original jail was built in 1999, and a lot of the same equipment is still here, and it is just running its course," Miller said. "It is just breaking down more often, and it has caused us problems with heating and cooling, and even in a jail you have to keep it at certain levels," Miller said.

Miller said the jail has been added on to twice over the years, but they are just running out of space now.

He hopes to find a solution for the future of the jail.

"We will look at and maybe come up with a plan of either rehabilitating this building or in the future expanding it or maybe even building a bigger one at another location," Miller said.

Miller said he brought the issue to the quorum court, but the biggest problem with upgrades or expansion is cost.

"The quorum court, like in any county has a little hesitation because they are dreading the possibility of having to pursue this," Miller said.

Miller said once they get a plan in place he hopes they can apply for a grant to help with the cost.

However, Miller said something does need to be done because Jail Standards has looked at the condition as well.

Miller said they recently visited Clay County and while all personnel is in compliance, they said a plan for more room is essential.

"Their inclination was that we need to step back and make plans in the near future. They did not give me a time frame but said it needed to be looked at," Miller said.

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