Sheriff calls for expanding Boone County Jail

Jail has been overcrowded for over a year

Harrison Daily Times

When Boone County built its 104-bed jail nine years ago it was expected to meet the needs of the county for many years to come. Now the time has come to plan for an expansion, the Boone County Quorum Court was told during committee meetings Tuesday night.

The jail has been overcrowded for over a year, off and on. "It was our expectation there would be plenty of beds for 20 years," said Sheriff Mike Moore. “This was a 36-bed jail here,” he said of the former jail where the quorum court now meets. “Some things changed after we had it built,” he said.

One was Act 570, The Public Safety Improvement Act, that went into effect in 2011. It made sweeping changes in the Arkansas criminal justice system. It provides shorter sentences for some property and drug crimes and was designed to decrease populations of the state's prisons. However, the law created a backlog of prisoners at county jails. READ MORE.

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