SPRINGDALE, Ark. (KNWA)– In Washington County, the quorum court is exploring alternatives to funding a jail expansion.
This comes after reports that the jail is overcrowded and more than 70 inmates are sleeping on the floor.
The Springdale non-profit Returning Home hopes to tackle the overcrowding problem with compassion, wanting to house certain inmates at a price they say is half the amount of what it costs the jail.
Nick Robbins, the executive director of Returning Home said, “Ultimately, incarceration isn’t going to solve their issue. It’s going to make amends to the community, but it won’t change the individuals’ life in a positive way.“
As of now, the assessment has passed at the finance and budget meeting, and has a dollar amount of $100,000.