The Arkansas Department of Correction will soon begin transferring female inmates who are eligible for a work-release program into a new facility in Pine Bluff.
The department says the process of moving 54 inmates to the Pine Bluff Re-Entry Center will start on Saturday.
The department's work-release program is for inmates who are within 30 months of parole. Only those with non-violent convictions and clean disciplinary records are eligible.
All beds are expected to be filled by next week and the transfers will allow the department to move women being held in county jails into the state prison beds left vacant by the inmates moved to Pine Bluff.
The department said that as of Thursday there were 205 female state inmates being held in county jails.