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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.


Education & Rehabilitation

  • Garland County inmates find creative outlet in art program
    HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) — Inmates at the Garland County Detention Center are learning to express themselves creatively in a positive way through art thanks to one of the many programs offered at the jail....[more]

  • 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

Gangs in Prison

Health & Medical Treatment

No recent news for Arkansas in this category.

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

No recent news for Arkansas in this category.

Prison Life & Culture

No recent news for Arkansas in this category.

Riots, Lockdowns & Escapes

  • Man dies after an assault by another inmate in Wrightsville Unit
    LITTLE ROCK (KATV) — Arkansas State Police are investigating the death of a Wrightsville Unit inmate who died Sunday morning after an assault by another inmate, according to an Arkansas Department of Correction news release....[more]

  • Officials find ‘escaped’ inmate hiding on roof of prison building
    Arkansas prison officials called off the hunt for an “escaped” inmate — after realizing the convicted killer was hiding on the roof of the lockup. Authorities spent more than a day searching for Calvin Adams, 49, after a unit check in the early hours Monday showed him missing from the East Arkansas Regional Unit in Brickeys....[more]

  • Inmate loses Supreme Court appeal
    An inmate at the Arkansas Department of Correction who alleged that prison officials withheld copies of a religious magazine from him and prohibited him from leading religious services failed to convince the Arkansas Supreme Court that his claims were valid....[more]

  • 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

No recent news for Arkansas in this category.



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