Sheriff Ron Brown asked members of the Crawford County Quorum Court to consider building a new $25 million detention facility.
“Now our next step is we’ll actually look at the blue print, which has been prepared and ready to go,” said Brown.
Brown says the current jail is overcrowded and outdated. It can hold up to 88 inmates. Brown said the new jail would hold just over 305 inmates.
Brown says they are currently on probation. Brown believes the county must make improvements or he says the jail could be shut down.
“We have people right now that are committed that have been sentenced to the Arkansas Department of Corrections that are at home right now watching this news because they’re on a release bond,” said Brown, “They should be serving time in the county jail.”
Monday night county leaders discussed letting voters decide on a possible sales tax or millage increase in order to pay for the project.
Brown will meet with quorum court members again in two weeks to continue discussing the new jail.
Brown says it would take about two and a half years to build the new jail. If the project is approved, he hopes to begin building by the beginning of next year.