Little River County’s new detention center slated for completion in late 2022
ASHDOWN, Ark. – Construction of the new $ 8 million Little River County Detention Center is expected to be completed by the end of 2022.
“Time has delayed it. We were kind of on hold for a while. But we’re pretty happy with where we’re at, considering everything,” the Little River County judge said. , Mike Cranford.
The schedule had to be adjusted from the opening this spring due to factors including wet weather and supply chain issues, Cranford said.
“There has been a lot of stuff out of our control. But we’re doing pretty well now and making up for the time we’ve lost,” Cranford said. “We had an extremely wet spring, but once we finished this pad we started running.”
Little River County voters approved a bond in September 2019 to fund the new building and a sales tax to help pay for it.
The new tax came into effect on January 1, 2020.
County officials looked at four different properties for the new prison site and each site had its advantages, Cranford said.
The new prison will be located on US Highway 71 on the north side of Ashdown near Cossatot Community College in Arkansas.
The Southbuild team, which includes Spirit Architecture Group and Smith-Doyle Contractors, are building the detention center.
The Tennessee-based team worked out of a number of correctional centers in several states, including Arkansas.
The current jail, located downtown next to the Little River County Courthouse, holds a maximum of 24 inmates. As a result, the sheriff’s office often houses inmates in other county jails, resulting in higher housing and transportation costs as well as lower criminal obligations.
The new detention center is expected to house 60 to 80 inmates.