The current Howard County Jail (Detention Facility) has been in operation since August 1993. In order to build and operate this facility, county voters approved a one quarter cent sales tax increase to fund the $1.3 million facility.
The Howard County Jail is staffed by the Jail Administrator and eleven Jailers/Dispatchers – Doris Lingo, Dawanda Schwope, Tammy Arnold, Teresa Bennett, Eddie Daniel, Philip Piearcy, Dillon Roberts, Dillon Sharp, Shantara Green, Misty Young and Hector Cortez, and one food-service employee, Shelby Jeanes.
All persons who are arrested and taken into custody are transported to the Howard County Jail for booking and incarceration. The Howard County Jail inmates are housed according to Arkansas Jail Standards. The Howard County Jail houses felony pre-trial detainees, felony convicted awaiting transport to the Arkansas Department of Corrections, misdemeanor detainees, female inmates and Act 309 inmates.
The inmates of the Howard County Jail have access to television, telephone calls and visitation. The inmates are not allowed to smoke unless they are approved to work outside of the facility. The Jail has a full kitchen where all meals are prepared for inmates. The ordering of food products and the preparation of the meals is overseen by Shelby Jeanes. Mrs. Jeanes is assisted by Act 309 inmates, who are state prisoners assigned to work duties in local detention facilities.
Each member of the Howard County Jail staff is cross-trained to jail or dispatch. Each one is required to complete a forty hour Arkansas Law Enforcement Training Academy (ALETA) approved training to become a certified jailer. They also receive certified training in Arkansas/National Crime Information Center (ACIC/NCIC) terminal operations and BAC Datamaster Breathalyzer operations and procedures.