- Associated Press - Monday, June 9, 2014

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - 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.


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