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Washington County officials OK jail overcrowding plans


Washington County's justices of the peace on Monday recommended approval of two proposals aimed at reducing overcrowding at the county's Detention Center.


By Tom Sissom
Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

FAYETTEVILLE — Washington County's justices of the peace on Monday recommended approval of two proposals aimed at reducing overcrowding at the county's Detention Center.

The Quorum Court's Jail/Law Enforcement/Courts Committee discussed and approved on voice votes a pair of resolutions, one that would ask that the county end its agreement to hold prisoners for the U.S. Marshal's Service and another directing Sheriff Tim Helder to try to find other Arkansas counties willing to hold detainees who have been sentenced to prison but remain in the Detention Center awaiting space in the state Department of Correction.

The resolutions will be sent on to the full Quorum Court for consideration and possible approval. Resolutions express the intent of the Quorum Court but are not binding. Read more.

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