New Garland County jail solves overcrowding
The following story was reported by THV11 out of Little Rock, Arkansas.
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SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) - After four years of discussing the jail overcrowding
issue, THV11 has the first look into the new Hot Springs Detention Center.
only jail currently in Hot Springs was built in 1986, almost three decades ago.
The initial jail had space for 88 beds. Their new capacity is 200.
to Garland County Deputies, they have had to add double and triple bunk beds to
have enough space.
kind of mini-housing units, in a housing unit," said Captain Ronnie
Branstetter with the Garland County Sheriff's Department.
said that they plan on housing 346 inmates. They are dividing the groups in
eight sub-houses depending on a classification related to issues such
disciplinary action and medical need. This type of separation helps deputies
have more control over the inmates.
facility with 24-hour direct surveillance from the inside of the sub-house is a
first in Arkansas. In the new facility, a deputy will monitor the 64 inmates
inside each subdivision 24 hours a day. In comparison to the old facility,
which only had 30 cameras, the new detention center will have 270. All of the
cameras will be digital with the capability of zooming into the shot.
know what's going on. They're able to head off any problems, before they
actually even happen," said Branstetter
facility will also have classes offering GED certification, drug and alcohol
counseling and anger management. "We try to offer all of the
services," Branstetter added. "We have to provide them…we try to
offer those within the housing units."
said that they made the decision after hearing concerns from the community.
"The voters of Garland County made it very clear, they want people to be
released hopefully better than what they were when they came in."
holding facility will be for all county agencies. They expect to start training
staff in the facility by the end of May.
See the story at: http://www.thv11.com/story/news/local/hot-springs/2015/04/15/new-garland-county-jail-solves-overcrowding/25849067/