New jail in the works for Cross County

New jail in the works for Cross County
community leaders strive for solution to old jail (Source: KAIT-TV)

CROSS COUNTY, AR (KAIT) -Cross County leaders say a change must be made.

The Cross County jail is nearly forty years old has a number of maintenance issues.

Problems include plumbing, electrical issues and door replacements, all of which are expensive and hard to fix.

County Judge Donnie Sanders put together a committee board of local leaders to come up with a solution.

Cross Co. Judge Donnie Sanders works to solve jail issues.
Cross Co. Judge Donnie Sanders works to solve jail issues. (Source: KAIT-TV)

After several months of discussion and survey's done on the jail, the committee came up with two options.

Renovate the old jail, which would end up costing nearly $10 million, or build a new one.

Judge Sanders said a solution has to happen.

“We have to do something," Judge Sanders said. "We don’t have any option. We have to do something or we will be shut down. Phillips County went through this, there’s other counties that have gone through this. If you don’t meet the standards, eventually they’ll shut you down.”

Judge Sanders estimated that if a new jail is built, citizens can expect around a 1% tax increase for the next eleven years.

Some residents have other concerns, like what’s in store for the old jail if a new one is built.

Sanders said that portions of the jail could either be used as storage or as a holding cell for inmates coming in for court.

The Quorum court will hold a meeting Jan. 15 at 6 p.m. to further discuss the options.

The meeting is open to the public and citizens are encouraged to attend and voice any questions or concerns over the subject.

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