|Positions approved for jail expansion|
|By hotsr.com- David Showers|
Positions created Monday night would enable the Garland County Detention Center to operate at full capacity if a proposal to fund the new personnel advances next week.
The six detention deputy positions the Garland County Quorum Court Human Resources Committee approved would allow male inmates to occupy the 64-bed F unit, bringing the jail to its full operating capacity of 499 beds. More than a dozen women who have worked at the jail since early last year as part of an Arkansas Department of Corrections work-release program occupy the space.
Staffing the F unit would open a sixth housing area for men and potentially lift intake restrictions requiring men to be released before new ones can be booked. The restriction has been in place since September, prompting the jail to manage its population through policies that include releasing inmates prior to the completion of their misdemeanor sentences and issuing citations in lieu of confinement to others.
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