Classification is a system used to manage inmates from the time of conviction to the time of release in an effort to meet the needs of the inmate, the correctional system and the public. All inmates are placed in Class II status when they arrive at the department. Inmates will remain in Class II status during the first sixty (60) days at their parent unit on their initial assignment. At the end of the sixty (60) days, if the inmate’s supervisor has recommended the inmate for promotion, the inmate will appear before the classification committee to be considered for job and or unit reassignment. There are four inmate classifications: Class I, II, III, and IV. Inmates are also screened and assigned a custody classification and a medical classification. The Unit’s Classification Committee will provide a periodic review of all inmates to assess progress made by the inmate and will adjust, as needed, any program assignment, job assignment, classification status, custody level and/or other adjustments recommended by staff.
When an inmate is written a disciplinary, it means the inmate has been accused of breaking a rule. A disciplinary hearing officer, who decides whether the inmate is guilty or innocent, will hear the inmate’s case. Being found guilty of a rule violation can result in a loss of privileges, classification level, job assignment and/or earned release credit. Rule violations can lead to a confinement in punitive isolation. Disciplinary actions may be appealed as outlined in the Inmate Handbook and in ADC policies available in the unit law libraries.
The Division of Correction may transfer inmates from one unit to another for various reasons such as institutional needs, bed space availability, program needs, work assignments, healthcare needs and/or necessary security precautions. Inmates can put in a request to be transferred to another unit of assignment, but there is no guarantee the transfer will be approved. The final decision for transfer approval will be up to the correctional facility’s Warden, Superintendent or Center Supervisor.
Hospital Visits & Funeral Travel
Inmates admitted to an ADC infirmary or hospital may be allowed to receive visits after receiving approval from the Warden, Superintendent or Center Supervisor after consulting with the Unit Health Services Administrator.
Emergency furloughs may be granted to eligible inmates when there is a critical illness or death in their immediate family. The Warden, Superintendent or Center Supervisor must approve all regular emergency furloughs. Any inmates other than Class I-A or I-B who are granted an emergency furlough will be released only to the custody of an Arkansas Certified Law Enforcement Officer(s) and the family must pay for escorting fees.