Sebastian County Sheriff’s Captain Philip Pevehouse says, “quite an event that happened almost overnight and very quickly. From we had no cases to all of a sudden we have this pocket of cases.”
There have also been seven deputies reported with COVID-19 and the jail has gone through all of its overtime budget.
They’re now working with the Quorum Court to address the extra cost.
The Sebastian County Jail has room for 356 detainees. It is located in Fort Smith and serves the surrounding communities of Barling, Greenwood, Hackett, Hartford, Huntington, Lavaca and Midland.