Crawford County Detention Center Completed Under Budget

Crawford County, Ark., corrections officials cut the ribbon on the new Crawford County Detention Center in Van Buren on Nov. 4. The 300-bed facility was initially budgeted at more than $20.5 million, but was completed under budget for approximately $17.4 million, saving the county more than $3.1 million despite the addition of an impound yard and radio tower not originally built into the plans. All savings will likely be paid back to the project’s bonding company, allowing the county to pay off the facility’s debt more quickly.

Little River County to Reopen Jail

A $1.2 million renovation project will reopen Little River County Jail in late April, more than two years after the facility closed for failing to meet Arkansas state jail standards.