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Voters OK plan to finance Randolph County Jail expansion

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POCAHONTAS, Ark. (AP) - Randolph County Jail is set to get more beds after voters approved a financing plan for an expansion.

The Jonesboro Sun reports (http://bit.ly/1M4p5OW ) a small turnout of voters approved a millage re-appropriation last week. The change dedicated 1 mill of Randolph County's current 3.6 mills to a long-term financing plan to expand the county jail.

The size of the jail will nearly triple with the changes. The male-only facility currently has 34 beds, but the county plans to add 40 more male beds and introduce a 20-bed section for females.

The county spent more than $100,000 transporting and housing inmates in nearby county jails in 2014. County Judge David Jansen says the expansion plan will "save a lot of money by keeping them here."

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Information from: The Jonesboro Sun, http://www.jonesborosun.com

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