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Jail overcrowding becoming an issue for Arkansas county

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BOONE COUNTY, AR (KAIT/KSPR) -

Officials in one Arkansas county said that jail overcrowding has become a significant problem statewide.

According to CNN content partner KSPR, officials with Boone County said they averaged 95 people in the county jail.

"For us to be comfortable and not to be considered overcrowded we need to be around the high 80's to the real low 90's," Tom Smith, the captain with the Boone County Sheriff's Office, said.

Smith said the reason for overcrowding stems from drug arrests to overcrowding in state prisons.

With more inmates, officials said there is a bigger safety risk for detention officers.

"They're having to move them around more," Smith said. "They're having to do more transfers back and forth to court."

Officials said they hope lawmakers help with overcrowding, by providing more bed space in state prisons.

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