Jail Overcrowding Causing Major Safety Hazard for Employees and Inmates

- LITTLE ROCK, AR - The Pulaski County Detention Center may temporarily close its doors come Tuesday morning.
Sheriff Doc Holladay has been warning local agencies about overcrowding for months.

The detention center has a maximum capacity of 1,200 and currently it has around 1,300 inmates causing a major safety hazard for employees and inmates.

Now Holladay says it looks like the jail will have to close its doors and only except a select type of criminal.

Come Tuesday morning at 6 a.m., these doors maybe closed.

"The danger to the employees has reached a point where you have got to call a stopping point," says Holiday.

Pulaski County Sheriff Doc Holladay has been sending out a series of memos over the last six months.

"We have had to double bunk, we have run out of bunks, we've had to buy additional bunks and additional mattresses," Holladay says.

The sheriff is warning local police departments to be prepared to house some of their own criminals.

"The ones we really won't be able to accept are those who are charged with some non violent felony."

"Now officials with the Associations of Arkansas counties says there are other solutions they need to look at before closing their doors," says Hunt.

"We need to look at boot camp options we need to look at home detainment and ankle bracelets everything as an accumulative whole needs to look at what all of our options are," says Perkins.

For Sheriff Holladay the only solution right now is closing the doors.

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