Arkansas Prisons

Local & Regional News
10:49 am
Thu January 22, 2015

Police: 2 Men Escape From Arkansas Jail, Are Back In Custody

Authorities say two men who briefly escaped while awaiting booking at the Jefferson County jail are back in custody.

Pine Bluff police arrested 26-year-old Corderro Foster and 24-year-old Justin Cartwright in an alleged armed robbery on Wednesday and took them back to the jail.

Spokesman Maj. Lafayette Woods Jr. of the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office says the men knocked down a jailer and bolted out of a door. Law enforcement officials spotted the men several hours later less than a mile away and arrested them.

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Local & Regional News
12:39 pm
Mon January 5, 2015

Incoming Governor Names New Arkansas Prisons Chief

Wendy Kelly
Credit ADC

Incoming Gov. Asa Hutchinson has named a chief deputy of the Arkansas Department of Correction as the new head of the state's prison system.

Hutchinson on Monday announced that Wendy Kelley would serve as the department's director after Hutchinson takes office. Hutchinson is set to be sworn in as governor on Jan. 13.

Kelley is currently the department's chief deputy director, a post she has held since January 2014. Previously, she served as the deputy director for health and correctional programs from 2006 and 2013. She is replacing interim Director Larry Norris.

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Local & Regional News
5:26 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

Arkansas Lawmakers Hear Recomendations To Address Prison Overcrowding

Arkansas Lawmakers are considering ideas to address prison overcrowding in advance of the 2015 session of the Arkansas Legislature.  

On Tuesday, members of a committee heard the findings of a report that suggests re-entry programs, a possible tax credit for businesses that hire offenders and establish community-based organization to bolster support programs.

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Local & Regional News
10:25 am
Tue December 2, 2014

Arkansas Report Details Ways To Reduce Inmates Re-offending

A report says hiring additional probation officers, creating a tax credit for businesses that hire offenders and expanded training programs can help Arkansas reduce the number of former inmates who go back behind bars.

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Local & Regional News
5:06 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

Arkansas Lawmakers Review Report On Prison Overcrowding

Arkansas lawmakers are considering how to address prison overcrowding in the state. A legislative committee met Monday to discuss a report which proposes the construction of a 1,000 bed maximum-security prison funded by a 30-year, $231 million “wrap around” bond issue paid for with a $2 increase on car tags.  


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Local & Regional News
2:47 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

Arkansas Lawmakers Consider Prison Options

Arkansas lawmakers received a report from the Bureau of Legislative Research that outlined 8 potential options to curb prison overcrowding, including a $231 million new prison bond issue, hiring a private prison firm, and alternatives to drug sentences and re-entry programs.

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Local & Regional News
3:00 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

Several Communities Make Pitch For New $100 Million Arkansas Prison

Several Arkansas cities and counties have submitted proposals to host a proposed $100 million prison that would house maximum-security inmates in the state.

Friday is the deadline for communities to submit paperwork if they want to be home to the new prison, which officials say is needed to accommodate the fast-growing inmate population. The Legislature must approve funding when it meets next year for the project to move forward.

If funding is approved, the prison is expected to employ 250 people with an average hourly salary of $12.75.

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Reentry Into Society Pt. 2
9:12 am
Tue October 14, 2014

Employment and Fees Obstacles To Transition For Former Inmates

Nyle Daniels, left, now works as a maintenance man for a west Little Rock apartment complex. His colleague, Karlton Hayes (right) is also a former inmate. Hayes estimates he filled out more than 100 job applications without a call-back or interview after his release. He was later hired by the Rogers Photo Archive in North Little Rock and after a few months started working at the same apartment complex.
Credit Chris Hickey / KUAR News

Reentering society after a prison sentence can be a difficult task. That's because former prisoners can come up against barriers. While Arkansas corrections officials try to find ways to ease those barriers, obstacles might still come in the search for housing or employment, or getting mental health and addiction treatment.

43-year old Nyle Daniels of Little Rock was raised by a single mother, but, he says she was often absent, so at an early age he started drinking, using drugs and got involved with gangs.

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Criminal Justice
5:06 am
Mon October 13, 2014

State Looks To Expand Reentry Services For Inmates

A Pathway to Freedom classroom. The non-profit operates a 200 bed facility at the Wrightsville Hawkins Unit.

Before 28-year old Timothy King was convicted of second degree murder in 2009, he says he spent the majority of his time running with the wrong people.

“There was a night at this one party where a guy was cutting himself and trying to throw blood on people and I asked him to leave and he wasn’t happy about it. And from that point on, the next few nights he was openly threatening people and my wife at the time.”

King says the threats escalated, leading him and a friend to send a violent message.

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Local & Regional News
10:57 am
Tue October 7, 2014

U.S. Supreme Court Likely To Allow Arkansas Muslim Inmate's Beard

U.S. Supreme Court

The Supreme Court appears likely to side with an Arkansas prison inmate who says his Muslim beliefs require him to grow a half-inch beard.

The justices on Tuesday took up their first religious liberty case since the Hobby Lobby case bitterly divided them in June over whether family-owned corporations could mount religious objections to paying for women's contraceptives under the health care overhaul.

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