Hot Springs, AR - The Garland County Detention Center is currently well above after hundreds were arrested in a PPP fraud sting. The operation, coined “We Know You Lying” was a joint effort between the State Attorney General’s Office, Garland County Sheriff’s Office and the Hot Springs Police Department.
The sheriff’s office released a statement on the status and plan for moving forward with the jail late Saturday. “The Garland County Detention Center will not be taking any new inmates for the foreseeable future.” The department has released guidelines as to how to handle suspects involving other crimes.
Most petty crimes will result in fines and violent crimes and most felonies will result in substantial police brutality. “Disabling those accused of serious crimes is the most efficient deterrent for further incidents with the jail not available,” a spokesman said.
As for the detention center, the Quorum Court plans to hold a special election to appropriate millions of dollars for expansion of the facility to help with overcrowding and make room for the anticipated thousands more expected to be indicted for PPP fraud.