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Prison News | Arkansas

Recent events, organized by category (below) or region/state (right), concerning the corrections industry in Arkansas. Comments, suggestions and contributions (below) appreciated.

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Education & Rehabilitation

  • Jail Overcrowding Leads to Repeat Offenders
    LITTLE ROCK, AR -- Police are trying to stop what they say is a cycle of crime here in Little Rock. That's why they're speaking out about repeat offenders and partially blaming the problem on overcrowded jails.

    The sound of the jail door slamming is something Quinton Forney's heard eight times in the past two years....[more]


  • Inmates grow roses in horticulture program
    PINE BLUFF, Ark. (AP) - Many of the women at the Southeast Arkansas Community Correction Center expressed skepticism when they first laid eyes on a shipment of what appeared to be nothing more than twigs.

    “They were just these spindly, little Charlie Brown things,” Dina Tyler, a deputy director for the Department of Community Correction, told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette....[more]


Executions, Death Row & the Death Penalty

No recent news for Arkansas in this category.

Gangs in Prison

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Health & Medical Treatment


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Prison Classification, Placement, & Release

  • Opposing private prisons in Arkansas
    Shipping incarcerated people across state lines into for-profit prisons rather than prioritizing reforms that would reduce the number of people behind bars exemplifies our state's dangerous reliance on incarceration, particularly incarceration for profit. This costly tactic, which fails to address the root causes of mass incarceration, severely diminishes prisoners’ ties to family and community while private prison companies profit handsomely....[more]

Prison Conditions & Corruption

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Prison Life & Culture

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Riots, Lockdowns & Escapes

  • Authorities say inmate who escaped from Arkansas jail last month is recaptured in Florida
    HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) — Authorities say an inmate, Derek Estelle, who escaped from a central Arkansas jail last month has been recaptured in the Florida Panhandle....[more]

  • Inmate escapes from central Arkansas jail
    HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) - Authorities say an inmate has escaped from a central Arkansas jail. Garland County Sheriff's Office spokesman Lt. James Martin says 33-year-old Derrick Estell escaped from the county detention center at about 1:40...33-year-old Derrick Estell escaped from the county detention center at about 1:40 p.m. Sunday...[more]

Suicides in Prison

Workplace & Industry News, and Science & Tech News

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