WITH POLL | Miller County to discuss final JDC funding, closure

The Lantz Lurry Juvenile Detention Center building is seen Monday, July 4, 2022, at 2200 Bankes Road in Texarkana, Ark. (File photo)

TEXARKANA, Ark. -- Miller County's Juvenile Detention Center is bound for closure by the end of the year, but county officials are considering short-term financing for the lockup.

The Budget and Finance Committee will recommend to the full Quorum Court today that commissioners allocate $29,325 for JDC operations for the rest of the year.

The Lantz Lurry JDC opened in 1995 at 2200 Bankes Road. Recently, it has been holding eight to 10 inmates, primarily from the city.

In July, the county moved to close the center. County Judge Cathy Harrison recently said once the JDC closes, the building could be used for county office space.


County officials have discussed the possibility of hiring a service to transport juvenile offenders to the Pine Bluff JDC.

In other business, Budget and Finance Committee members also plan to recommend that the Quorum Court pay off this year's insurance bill for all the county's property, by adding an additional $35,899 to the current $252,000 already earmarked for property insurance payment.

Last week, Budget and Finance Committee members said the combined $287,899 amount would take care of the overall property insurance bill for the rest of this year.

Harrison said the $35,899 could be taken from the county's general fund balance.

The meeting will be 6 p.m. at City Hall.

For more information, call 870-774-1301.