- Associated Press - Thursday, July 16, 2015

WALNUT RIDGE, Ark. (AP) - Lawrence County officials have until October to develop a plan to build a new jail or the Criminal Detention Facility Review Committee will try to shut the current facility down.

If the county doesn’t meet the requirements to expand, renovate or build a new jail, the committee could petition the Arkansas Attorney General’s Office to file a lawsuit to close the jail.

Lawrence County Judge Dale Freeman told the Jonesboro Sun (http://bit.ly/1Mdrwni ) his county jail committee has a site selected for a new jail in Walnut Ridge that’s already owned by the county.

To build the proposed 80-bed unit, the county will likely have to spend at least $10 million. Taxpayers would likely have to pass a sales tax to pay for it.

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Information from: Jonesboro Sun, http://www.jonesborosun.com

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