Washington County officials defer action on jail expansion
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Leaders in Washington County have delayed action on a plan to expand the county jail, saying they should first consider other alternatives.
A committee of Washington County justices of the peace decided Monday to defer action on a proposal calling for a special election for voters to consider a bond issue to pay for the jail expansion. The Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports the bond issue would be funded by a sales tax increase and would pay for a $38 million jail expansion and an $11 million upgrade to emergency communications systems.
The county has been considering adding a new pod that would house about 500 inmates. Jail officials say the county routinely has 40 to 50 inmates who sleep on mattresses of the floor because of a lack of beds.
Information from: Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, http://www.nwaonline.com