New committee created, committed to fixing jail issues

Judge Donnie Sanders (Source: KAIT-TV)
Judge Donnie Sanders (Source: KAIT-TV)

CROSS COUNTY, AR (KAIT) - The Cross County jail is not meeting certain standards required of them right now.

They've been given a deadline to come up with a plan to address those issues.

Judge Donnie Sanders announced Monday that he has created a jail committee.

The committee is made up of 12 people, and its purpose is to create a plan that addresses every issue in the jail to make sure it meets requirements.

Judge Sanders said there are several options the committee is considering, including housing inmates in other counties, repairing existing issues, and building a new jail.

But Sanders said it's all about figuring out the best option for Cross County.

"This is not a build the jail committee," Sanders said. "This is a committee to research, to talk to people, to find out what shape our jail is in and what is the most feasible and best option for Cross County."

After the jail standards committee performed an inspection of the jail, Cross County was given until May 2019 to devise a plan to fix the deficiencies.

Judge Sanders said he expects to have a plan in place well before then and begin working on whatever the committee decides.

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