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Mon June 9, 2014

Pulaski County Jail Reopens After Being Closed Because Overcrowding

Pulaski County Jail
File photo of the Pulaski County Jail.
Credit pcso.org

The Pulaski County jail has reopened to all offenders after it was closed in April because of overcrowding problems.

Pulaski County Sheriff's Lt. Carl Minden says the jail reopened at 8 a.m. Monday.

Sheriff Doc Holladay closed the jail to nonviolent, low-level offenders on April 29 because the facility was over capacity. As of Monday morning, the jail had a population of 1,126 - which is below the facility's capacity of 1,210 inmates.

The Arkansas Sheriffs' Association has asked Gov. Mike Beebe to call a special legislative session to address jail overcrowding issues statewide. Officials say a recent change in Arkansas' parole and probation policies has led to a backlog of state inmates being held in county jails.