Corrections Department Kicks Greene County Out of Act 309 Program

PARAGOULD, AR - Greene County jail officials learned this morning that they are now officially no longer a participant in the Dept. of Correction's Act 309 program, which allows state inmates to complete their prison terms in county jails.  In return, the prisoners perform services at the jail and in the community.

The program was suspended in Greene County in December after a jail supervisor was charged with felony sexual misconduct with a female inmate, who was a member of the 309 program.  The county had requested to be re-instated in the program, but Sheriff Dan Langston, and County Judge Jesse Dollars learned that will not yet happen in a meeting with the 309 program committee this morning in Pine Bluff.

County officials can request re-instatement to the program in six months to one year.  When asked if the county will make that request, Langston said he did not yet know, but the decision would be made after the jail is further evaluated.