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Population Drop Allows Pulaski Co. Jail to Reopen
LITTLE ROCK, AR - The inmate population at the Pulaski County Regional Detention Facility (PCRDF) has dropped enough for the facility to reopen to non-violent offenders.
The Pulaski County Sheriff's Office says the PCRDF reopened this morning around 6. The inmate population at the time was 1,146. The funded capacity for the facility is 1,210 inmates.
The facility had been closed on July 1 for the second time this year when the inmate population had reached 1,281.
The overcrowding at the PCRDF is due to the more than 400 inmates being held for transfer to a state prison.
On Monday, the Arkansas Department of Correction (ADC) opened 50 prison beds as part of a plan to relieve county jail overcrowding.
The Arkansas Legislature approved $6 million to open 600 beds during a special session three weeks ago.
While the PCRDF was closed, individuals arrested for crimes like car theft and burglary were processed but then had to be released.
The PCRDF was first closed in late April, when overcrowding became dangerous for the staff and inmates.