Crawford County Voters Pass Sales Tax to Build New Jail

CRAWFORD COUNTY -- Voters took to the polls Tuesday and passed a ballot issue to build a new $20-million-dollar county jail facility.

Over crowding at the current Crawford County Jail is major problem says Sheriff Ron Brown and the jail is on probabtion now because of overcrowing and under-staffing.

"We have inmates that have committed a felony crime in Crawford County. They’ve been sentenced, they’ve plead guilty to this crime and they’ve been sentenced to the Arkansas department of corrections and they are at home right now because I don’t have the room for them." Crawford County Sheriff Ron Brown explains.

Voters approved the three-quarter cent sales tax 4,279 to 3,981. Groundbreaking will be March 2015.

This is the fourth time the new jail has been on the ballot.

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