$2 Million Approved for Arkansas Prison Projects

February 4, 2006 - Posted at 2:02 p.m. CST

LITTLE ROCK (AP) _ Arkansas prison officials plan to shift two

million of seven-and-a-half million dollars in unspent

money for employee salaries and benefits to pay for mental-health

treatment buildings and other projects.

The money is to be used for treatment buildings at the East

Arkansas Regional Unit in Brickeys and the Varner Unit, an electric

security fence at the East Arkansas unit, and new kitchen and

laundry equipment at various prisons.

Prison officials had wanted to spend the remaining

five-and-a-half dollars to pay for outside medical care for

inmates, but members of the Legislative Council's Performance

Evaluation and Expenditure Review Committee rejected that plan.

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