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Number of State Prisoners in County Jails Drops with Opening of New Units

JULY 20, 2005 - Posted at 7:11 a.m. CDT

PINE BLUFF, AR - Officials say the number of state inmates backed up in county jails, awaiting space in the Arkansas prison system, has dropped big-time since last November, when it reached a peak of nearly a thousand.  The number of state prisoners now in county jails has fallen to just 241 people.

Authorities credit the opening of a parole-violation center in March, and more people being sent to four therapeutic centers operated by the state Community Correction Department instead of to prison.

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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