City/County look to work together regarding inmate fees increase

POCAHONTAS—Local City and County government officials plan to begin discussions over the next few days in a joint effort to find possible solutions for the City of Pocahontas to continue housing prisoner inmates at the Randolph County Jail following the County’s recent approval of a $25 daily inmate fee increase.

The Randolph County Quorum Court, at their Oct. 10 monthly meeting, approved the increase, from $20 to $45, as Randolph County Sheriff Kevin Bell presented a proposal to the Court due to rising expenses associated with the new jail expansion project. The addition to the detention center brought the jail up from a 32-bed-capacity facility to a 100-bed, with the ability to house female inmates as well for the first time. The new women’s unit can accommodate 20 females.

“I’ll work with the City in any way possible to try to come up with a solution that fits both agencies,” said Bell on Tuesday. “We’ve got City inmates here now... I think they moved a few long-term inmates to other counties, counties, but it’s a major inconvenience for the City to move them to Izard County or to Greene County, which is an hour away. And also the City’s spending their money outside the county, which, I think, should be kept here in Randolph County.”



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