- Associated Press - Thursday, July 10, 2014

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - State officials are in talks with Pulaski County to lease an unused building at the county jail to open up at least 200 beds to alleviate jail overcrowding throughout the state.

Pulaski County officials say the county is considering leasing the satellite building to the state for $1. Sheriff Doc Holladay says doing so would free up space for his jail, which has been closed to most nonviolent offenders since July 1.

Correction department spokeswoman Shea Wilson says the state plans to spend $3 million over the next year operating and maintaining the building, which could eventually house up to 250 inmates awaiting beds in state prisons.

According to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (https://bit.ly/1rYKlAz ), the lease contract must still be approved by the Arkansas Building Authority and the Board of Corrections.

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Information from: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, https://www.arkansasonline.com

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