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Committee to study solutions for jail

Committee to study solutions for jail

Group will consider problems of Little River County prison housing

February 11th, 2018 by Jim Williamson in Texarkana News

A 38-member committee has been appointed to study the operation of the Little River County, Ark., jail and make suggestions to keep the jail open, said Little River County Judge Mike Cranford.

Sterling Penix, a member of the Arkansas Criminal Detention Facilities Review Committee, suggested the county appoint a review committee to prepare options to improve housing of Little River County prisoners.

Cranford has heeded Penix's suggestion.

"We're going to study the problem, and we're looking for the best options to operate the jail for the next 30 years," Cranford said.

The county has to "farm out" the prisoners to other counties, Cranford said.

The deadline to list options will be December 2019, he said.

"We can't send prisoners home. We also have to have a staff to operate the jail," Cranford said.

The committee will aim for long-term solutions.

"In no way will we suggest tax increases. Twice the voters rejected using a sales tax to improve the jail. We heard what the voters said," Cranford said.

"The committee will have a variety of backgrounds. Some will be liberal some will be conservative. By a variety of views, we will come to a good solution," he said.

The meetings will be open to the public, and the meeting dates will be announced.

The 38-member committee includes:

  • Judge Charles A. Yeargan
  • Judge Tom Cooper
  • Judge John C. Finley III
  • Judge Mike Cranford
  • Sheriff Bobby Walraven
  • LRC Jail Administrator Gina Butler
  • Mayor James Sutton
  • Ashdown Police Chief Boyd Kennemore
  • Prosecuting Attorney Bryan Chesshir
  • Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Al Smith
  • Public Defender Clayton Tinkes
  • Public Defender Mickey Buchanan
  • Donald Cook
  • Daniel Linnett
  • Ricky Fawcett
  • Jeff Sikes
  • David Day
  • Denise Riley
  • Kelly Krause
  • Anthony Nelson
  • Tommy McDonald
  • Morris Johnson
  • Joe Mac Bennett
  • Tim Turk
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