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Last Updated: Aug 4th, 2017 - 10:31:10


Sheriff: State inspector wants more jail staff
By BY VERSHAL HOGAN
Mar 16, 2017, 11:48

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Sheriff Tommy Sturgeon told the Ashley County Quorum Court Tuesday that the county jail had received a warning from a state inspector for the second year in a row.

The inspector from the Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration Criminal Detention Facilities Review Committees told the sheriff this month that the number of jail employees he has per shift is not adequate for the population the jail houses, Sturgeon said.

“He told me that day they were going to give us 90 days to get in compliance,” Sturgeon said. “If we house less than 50 (inmates), we are OK where we are with the three ( employees per shift) we have.”

If the jail houses 50 inmates, the state wants at least four jail personnel per shift; five are required for each shift if the number of inmates is between 70 and 100; and six are needed for between 100 and 120, Sturgeon said.

State inspectors had a similar finding at the jail in 2016.

Aside from the staffing issue, the inspector did not find any compliance issues at the facility, Sturgeon said.

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