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HCSO closed to public due to coronavirus threat

By submitted, 03/18/20 12:31 PM

HOPE – Effective Wednesday, March 18, as a precautionary health measure, public admittance to the Hempstead County Detention Center will be SUSPENDED for all of the following reasons:

·         Visitation with Jail Inmates

·         Clergy visits

·         Church services

·         Rehabilitation services (such as NA or AA)

.         Educational Services for Inmates.

Also, rather than personal contact, attorneys are strongly encouraged to use video means available to them to communicate with their inmate clients if possible.

This measure is being taken strictly as a precautionary measure on the advice and recommendation of the Association of Arkansas Counties Risk Management Team.  We want to make it clear there have been no issues at the Hempstead County Detention Center related to the corona-virus (COVID-19) and none at any Detention Facility in Arkansas that we are aware of.  This decision was made strictly for the purpose of precaution and for the safety and well-being of the inmates in the Detention Center and our employees.

This suspension will remain in effect until further notice and will be lifted as soon as it is advisable to do so.

The Sheriff’s Administration Offices will remain open during normal weekday business hours, and all law enforcement functions will continue as usual without interruption.