Arkansas youth-jail locks not replaced despite years of safety warnings

Fixes pledged, but not funds


Photographs by Rick McFarland

Rep. Kim Hammer, R-Benton, is shown in this file photo.

The locks that keep young Arkansans behind bars at a juvenile jail in Alexander still haven't been replaced -- despite years of warnings that the obsolete deadbolts posed safety concerns and despite lawmakers' promises to pay for updates.

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