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Jail space vital, 2 hopefuls say

But they differ on approach

Posted: June 20, 2014 at 3:55 a.m.

The two major party candidates for governor greet each other Thursday after speaking at the Arkansas Municipal League’s convention in Little Rock. Republican nominee Asa Hutchinson (left) and Democratic nominee Mike Ross were joined by Little Rock Mayor Mark Stodola (center).

The two major party candidates for governor greet each other Thursday after speaking at the Arkansas Municipal League’s convention in Little Rock. Republican nominee Asa Hutchinson (left) and Democratic nominee Mike Ross were joined by Little Rock Mayor Mark Stodola (center).

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mike Ross said Thursday that the state is going to have to build a new, 1,000-bed prison. But approval of the roughly $85 million project should be contingent on "meaningful prison reforms," he added.

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