Sebastian County JPs vote to proceed with jail expansion option

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By Thomas Saccente
The Times Record

The Sebastian County Quorum Court agreed during a special meeting Tuesday to renovate the Sheriff’s Office building to accommodate 102 beds and move the Sheriff’s Office to a different location as a way to combat overcrowding in the Detention Center.

Justices of the peace voted for the project that will add 94 minimum security, dormitory style and eight maximum security beds. The current bed capacity at the detention center is 356.

The Sheriff’s Office would be moved to the Sebastian County emergency operations center at 8400 S. Zero Street. The building would accommodate co-locating the Sheriff’s Office with the emergency operations center and the Fort Smith Police Department Training Center.

“Some of you have seen that (emergency operations center), I think,” County Judge David Hudson said. ”... And currently, there’s certain offices and classrooms there that the Fort Smith Police Department Training Center utilizes. That is a relationship we have with the city of Fort Smith via a local agreement, and they reimburse some of the operating cost on that building, averaging about $26,000 a year.”

In a memo addressed to the Quorum Court that was included in the meeting packet, Hudson said additional jail expansion options have been reviewed to supplement the 2016 jail report that addressed renovation cost of the existing jail and projected expansion cost to add another 160 beds. This jail construction cost estimate was based on a “maximum security” construction standard. Read more.

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