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Crittenden Regional Hospital re-purposed as women's corrections center

Front of the new corrections facility, which still has the Crittenden Regional Hospital signage. (Source: WMC Action News 5) Front of the new corrections facility, which still has the Crittenden Regional Hospital signage. (Source: WMC Action News 5)
Inmates inside the new corrections facility. (Source: WMC Action News 5) Inmates inside the new corrections facility. (Source: WMC Action News 5)
WEST MEMPHIS, AR (WMC) -

The old Crittenden Regional Hospital is now a correction facility for women.

Crittenden Regional Hospital closed August 2014. Baptist Memorial Hospital is set to create a new hospital to serve the area, but the old hospital building is already being put to work for another purpose.

An official ribbon cutting for the new facility took place Monday. The facility can house 350 non-violent female felons.

"A building like this was designed to keep weather out, it's not designed to keep people in and that's what we're doing," Arkansas Community Corrections Director of Communications Dina Tyler said.

The good news is the building has been undergoing renovations since July. It is now a building that can keep weather out and people in.

Not only is the building secure, it provides better options for offenders who may have been sentenced on drug-related charges. 

"This really amounts to confined treatment," Tyler said. "It's a nine month program, at the least. During that nine months, we work to address their chemical dependency. Because if we can address that, the chance of them re-offending goes way down."  

Inmates will be able to utilize classrooms to get their GED and even attend college courses.

Tyler said this program sees one of the lowest re-offender rates in the state. She said recidivism rate under the program is around 26-28 percent.

Currently, two out of the three floors are being used to house inmates.  Renovations will continue for the next several months, until all parts of the building can be utilized.

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