excerpted from Pope County Tribune, 10-22-07
The Stevens County Commission voted 3-2 to discontinue further discussions and study with Pope County about a joint regional justice center, which would have included a shared jail, courthouse and dispatch. Pope County commissioners and sheriff expressed disappointment in the decision. Pope County's current law enforcement center has security issues with the courts and transporting and booking inmates. There is no holding facility. Pope County will begin to explore other avenues to solve their problems.