- Associated Press - Sunday, May 29, 2016

COTTER, Ark. (AP) - Residents of Cotter, including the Baxter County sheriff, want to know how a facility where inmates convicted of violent crimes are taught to re-integrate into society wound up in the town of 971.

It’s licensed to Twin Lakes Recovery of North Arkansas to hold up to 23 inmates. The Baxter Bulletin reports (https://bit.ly/1NWXAP7) there are currently 10 inmates who must work full-time, undergo drug and alcohol counseling and work toward obtaining a GED.

Sheriff John Montgomery called the facility “a disaster waiting to happen” during a City Council meeting Thursday. Alderman Wayne Alexander said he wants it destroyed.

State Department of Community Correction Director Ken Murphy said the operator of the facility decides where to locate it.

A person who answered the phone at the facility said the operators were not available.

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Information from: The Baxter Bulletin, https://www.baxterbulletin.com


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