Pulaski County sheriff Doc Holladay said building a new jail or adding onto the existing jail is a better option than renovating an old facility that he closed in April because of a leaking roof and other health hazards.

The current jail’s average daily population increased from 896 in 2006 to 945 in 2007, Holladay said at a news conference last week, including 160 non-violent prisoners transferred to a work force center from the closed section. Total bookings went from 13,436 in 2006 to 14,358 in 2007, he said.

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