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December 29, 2021

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ARKANSAS DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS TO EXPAND MODIFIED IN-PERSON VISITATION TO ALLOW VISITORS OUTSIDE IMMEDIATE, ADULT FAMILY; PAROLE BOARD RESUMES IN-PERSON HEARING ATTENDANCE

NORTH LITTLE ROCK – The Department of Corrections announced today that beginning Jan. 1, 2022, the Arkansas Department of Corrections will be expanding MODIFIED IN-PERSON VISITATION to allow visits from those younger than 18 and individuals who are not immediate family members.

In-person visits to inmates/residents will continue to be made by pre-approved individuals only. Those wishing to visit should carefully review VISITATION RULES

After reviewing the new visitation rules, you must visit the website: https://telegov.egov.com/docrequest to complete a visitation appointment request form. Appointment requests can be made online from your mobile device or computer. All requests are pending review and approval by the Arkansas Department of Corrections.

Additionally, the Arkansas Parole Board will resume allowing supporters to join inmates, in-person, at their parole hearing. Supporters must be at least 14 years old and on the inmate’s approved visitation list. Supporters must be selected and identified by the inmate prior to hearing and meet facility entrance requirements.

The safe resumption of in-person visitation remains a priority for the Department. We greatly appreciate the ongoing patience and understanding of residents, inmates and their loved ones as well as the overwhelming support our staff has received during this public health crisis. While visitation remains modified, we encourage friends and family to remain in contact through phone calls and video visits.

December 16, 2021

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ARKANSAS DIVISION OF CORRECTION INMATE FOUND DEAD OF APPARENT SUICIDE AT THE MISSISSIPPI COUNTY WORK RELEASE CENTER

LUXORA – On Tuesday, December 14, 2021, staff at the Mississippi County Work Release Center observed inmate Nathaniel Painter #554018 hanging in his cell. Responding correctional officers and medical staff were unable to detect a pulse. Inmate Painter was pronounced dead at 1:51 p.m. The Arkansas State Police was notified and will be conducting an investigation into the death. The Department of Corrections will be conducting an internal investigation into the death. Inmate Painter was a 46-year-old white male serving an 18-year sentence out of Greene County for robbery.

November 5, 2021

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ARKANSAS DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS MAKES COVID-19 VACCINE BOOSTERS AVAILABLE TO OFFENDER POPULATION

NORTH LITTLE ROCK – Wellpath, the Arkansas Department of Corrections’ contracted medical provider, began offering qualified inmates and residents the COVID-19 vaccine booster this week.  Approximately 8,000 inmates and residents are eligible for Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna or Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen boosters. Booster distribution is expected to be completed by Nov. 23.

To help slow the potential spread of COVID-19 within DOC facilities, the Department continues to educate offenders and encourage vaccination among staff and offenders. As an added incentive, inmates and residents who become fully vaccinated qualify to have $50 deposited into trust accounts.

November 5, 2021

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ARKANSAS DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS COMPLETES STATEWIDE HALLOWEEN SEX OFFENDER ENFORCEMENT EFFORT

NORTH LITTLE ROCK – The Arkansas Department of Corrections, Division of Community Correction Sex Offender Services, coordinated a massive, statewide Halloween home visit effort on Saturday and Sunday. More than 185 Parole/Probation Officers made unannounced visits to the homes of 1,224 sex offenders to make sure they were in compliance with state laws prohibiting their activities. Halloween lock-ins for sex offenders, organized by the Division in previous years, were not possible because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Arkansas families celebrated Halloween during the weekend for the third time since the enaction of Act 463, which bars certain sex offenders from participating in Halloween-related activities.

State laws limiting sex offenders from participating in Halloween activities are in affect two weeks before and two weeks after Halloween. Level 3 and 4 sex offenders who violate Act 463 restrictions may be charged with a Class D felony, serving up to 6 years in jail and a fine up to $10,000.

Act 463 bans these offenders from handing out candy to minors, participating in trick-or-treating and attending events involving wearing costumes or handing out candy to children. Sex offenders identified as high risk must remain at home on Halloween and are required to post signs warning that children are not to trick-or-treat at their residences.

Jennifer Dean, Division Sex Offender Services Manager, reported a 92 percent overall compliance rate from the weekend home visits. 113 offenders were found to be in violation, with violations including failure to register as sex offenders, Halloween decoration violations and failure to display no trick-or-treater doorhangers.  Efforts are ongoing to bring non-compliant offenders into compliance and, in some cases, to sanction them for violations.

October 29, 2021

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

NORTH LITTLE ROCK – This weekend, Arkansas families will celebrate Halloween for the third time since the enaction of Act 463, which bars certain sex offenders from participating in Halloween-related activities. The Arkansas Department of Corrections, Division of Community Correction Sex Offender Services, is making sure sex offenders understand state laws that limit their participating in Halloween activities two weeks before and two weeks after Halloween.

Level 3 and 4 sex offenders who violate Act 463 restrictions may be charged with a Class D felony, serving up to six years in jail and a fine up to $10,000.

Act 463 bans these offenders from handing out candy to minors, participating in trick-or-treating and attending events involving wearing costumes or handing out candy to children. Sex offenders identified as high risk must remain at home on Halloween and are required to post signs warning that children are not to trick-or-treat at their residences.

The Division of Community Correction prepares for Halloween months in advance by contacting sex offenders to remind them of restrictions. Throughout the weekend, Probation and Parole Officers will be deployed statewide to ensure compliance using various enforcement methods, which may include home visits. 

October 28, 2021

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ARKANSAS DIVISION OF CORRECTION INMATE WORKERS ASSIST AT TOLTEC MOUNDS ARCHEOLOGICAL STATE PARK

SCOTT – A regional maintenance crew from the Tucker Unit recently completed a critical project at Toltec Mounds Archeological State Park. This partnership between the Arkansas Department of Corrections and the Arkansas Department of Parks, Heritage and Tourism will help preserve a National Historic Landmark.

“The Department of Corrections continues to be willing to partner with local and state organizations such as the Arkansas Department of Parks, Heritage and Tourism,” said Corrections Secretary Solomon Graves. “The use of our regional maintenance crews saves tax dollars and builds goodwill in communities across Arkansas.”

“We appreciate the Department of Corrections and their assistance in doing a job that would have taken our staff several weeks to accomplish,” said Stacy Hurst, secretary of the Arkansas Department of Parks, Heritage and Tourism. “Partnerships such as this make us all more efficient.”

Park Superintendent Stewart Carlton agreed with Hurst and said removing overgrown vegetation from Mound A is a maintenance challenge at the 100-acre archeological complex that is home to some of the most significant remnants of Native American life in Arkansas.

The archeological site, designated a National Historic Landmark in 1978, also benefited from inmate workers in the 1990s, when trees were removed from the mounds.

Photos available upon request.

October 27, 2021

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

LONGTIME BOARD OF CORRECTIONS MEMBER BOBBY GLOVER DIES

NORTH LITTLE ROCK – Former State Senator Bobby L. Glover of Carlisle died early Wednesday after serving for more than a decade on the Arkansas Board of Corrections.

“From his time as mayor, state representative, state senator and vice chairman of the Board of Corrections, Bobby Glover’s dedication to the people of Arkansas was evident,” Gov. Asa Hutchinson said Wednesday. “Susan and I are praying for his family in his passing. I have lowered the flags to honor his memory.”

Sen. Glover was originally appointed to the Board of Corrections by Gov. Mike Beebe in February 2011, and reappointed by Gov. Beebe in 2014 and Gov. Hutchinson in February 2021.

“Senator Glover led a distinguished life of public service,” said Corrections Secretary Solomon Graves. “Arkansas is better because of him. The Department of Corrections is better because of him.”

Sen. Glover began his career in public service in 1963, serving 10 years as the mayor of Carlisle.

Sen. Glover was a 28-year veteran of the Arkansas General Assembly. As a State Representative, he represented the City of Beebe and parts of White, Lonoke and Prairie counties. He served in the House for 10 terms over 14 years.

From 2003 to 2010, he represented what was then Senate District 28, which included Lonoke and Prairie counties and portions of Arkansas and Pulaski counties. During his term as Senator, he served as Assistant Pro Tempore for the First Congressional District and served as Chairman of the Legislative Council’s Penal and Correctional Institutions Sub-Committee.  He left the legislature because of term limits. 

He also served as Director of Governmental Affairs for the Arkansas State Police Association, and he served 17 years on the Arkansas State Police Foundation.  He served as Chairman of the University of Arkansas Criminal Justice Institute Advisory Board; and he served as Executive Director of the Arkansas Municipal Police Association.  

Sen. Glover was a graduate of Lonoke Public Schools and lettered in high school athletics. He studied accounting at LaSalle University before earning his public accounting license. Sen. Glover was married to Charlotte Glover and had two sons, a daughter, a stepson, a stepdaughter, seven grandchildren and five great  grandchildren. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Carlisle, where he served as deacon, trustee and head usher.

Sen. Glover received several awards for his outstanding municipal, community and legislative accomplishments, including the Outstanding Citizen of the Year Award from the cities of Lonoke and Carlisle.

Sen. Glover was president and CEO of the Glover Insurance Agency in Carlisle and Lonoke and president and CEO of Chambers Nursing Home in Carlisle. Civically, he was active in numerous capacities with several organizations over the years.

October 12, 2021

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

SYSTEM ERROR LEADS TO ERRONEOUS ESCAPE ALERT  

On Tuesday, October 12, 2021, a system error generated an automated escape alert. An inmate did not escape from the Arkansas Division of Correction’s Benton Unit.

October 15, 2021
MEETING NOTICE

The Arkansas Board of Corrections will meet on Friday, October 15, 2021, at 10 a.m. at the Arkansas Department of Corrections headquarters, 1302 Pike Avenue, North Little Rock.

Any media representatives wishing to attend must contact Cindy Murphy at 870.550.5210 prior to arrival.

AGENDA

September 20, 2021

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ARKANSAS DIVISION OF CORRECTION REFERS INMATE DEATH TO ARKANSAS STATE POLICE FOR INVESTIGATION

On Friday, September 17, 2021, Division of Correction inmate Jerry Richard #086858 was pronounced dead at approximately 9:35 p.m. at CHI St. Vincent Infirmary, Little Rock. Inmate Richard’s death follows an assault at the Cummins Unit in Grady on September 15, 2021. The Department of Corrections began an internal investigation after the initial incident and referred the case to Arkansas State Police (ASP) following Inmate Richard’s death.  ASP’s Criminal Investigation Division has opened an investigative file into his death.

Inmate Richard was a 55-year-old white male, serving a life sentence for first-degree murder out of Washington County.

August 17, 2021

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ARKANSAS DIVISION OF CORRECTION INMATE FOUND DEAD OF APPARENT SUICIDE AT THE EAST ARKANSAS REGIONAL UNIT

On Monday, August 16, 2021, staff at the East Arkansas Regional Unit observed inmate Robert L. Henderson #151214 hanging in a locked single-man cell. Responding correctional officers and medical staff were unable to detect a pulse. Inmate Henderson was pronounced dead at 11:13 a.m. The Arkansas State Police was notified and will be conducting an investigation into the death. The Department of Corrections will be conducting an internal investigation into the death.

Inmate Henderson was a 41-year-old white male serving a 132-year sentence out of Miller County for rape.

JULY 17, 2021

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ARKANSAS DIVISION OF CORRECTION INMATE FOUND DEAD OF APPARENT SUICIDE AT THE OUACHITA RIVER CORRECTIONAL UNIT

On Saturday, July 17, 2021, staff at the Ouachita River Correctional Unit observed inmate Stoney Worthey #150518 hanging in a locked single-man cell. Responding correctional officers and medical staff were unable to detect a pulse. Inmate Worthey was pronounced dead at 8:22 a.m. The Arkansas State Police was notified and will be conducting an investigation into the death. The Department of Corrections will be conducting an internal investigation into the death.

Inmate Worthey was a 37-year-old white male serving a 4-year sentence out of Franklin County for possession of a controlled substance.

JUNE 29, 2021

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ARKANSAS DIVISION OF CORRECTION INMATE FOUND DEAD OF APPARENT SUICIDE AT THE MCPHERSON UNIT

On Tuesday, June 29, 2021, staff at the McPherson Unit observed inmate Katherine Warren #714772 hanging in a locked single-man cell. Responding correctional officers and medical staff were unable to detect a pulse. Inmate Warren was pronounced dead at 1:22 a.m. The Arkansas State Police was notified and will be conducting an investigation into the death. The Department of Corrections will be conducting an internal investigation into the death.

Inmate Warren was a 36-year-old black female serving a 33-year sentence out of Desha County for 2nd-degree Murder.

JUNE 18, 2021

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ARKANSAS DIVISION OF CORRECTION INMATE FOUND DEAD OF APPARENT SUICIDE AT THE VARNER SUPERMAX UNIT

On Friday, June 18, 2021, staff at the Varner Supermax Unit observed inmate Christopher Dunn #113626 hanging in a locked single-man cell. Responding correctional officers and medical staff were unable to detect a pulse. Inmate Dunn was pronounced dead at 2:21 a.m. The Arkansas State Police (ASP) was immediately notified and responded to the unit. ASP will be conducting an investigation into the death. The Department of Corrections will be conducting an internal investigation into the death.

Inmate Dunn was a 41-year-old white male serving a life sentence out of Grant County for Capital Murder.

June 10, 2021

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Arkansas Department of Corrections’ Website Wins International Award

New doc.arkansas.gov recognized for excellence in government website

NORTH LITTLE ROCK  – The Arkansas Department of Corrections (DOC) has received an international award’s highest honor for its newly designed website. Chosen among 5,000 entries worldwide, doc.arkansas.gov was recognized with the Award of Excellence in the Government Website category at the 2021 Communicator Awards.

“We are honored to be recognized for our redesigned website, which continues to be instrumental in telling our stories and enhances our ability to be transparent,” said Solomon Graves, Department of Corrections Secretary. “The website allows us to successfully improve the efficiency of our services and underscores our focus on public safety and transparency.”

The redesigned doc.arkansas.gov combines curated content from each of the department’s divisions into one streamlined user experience and consolidates the existing websites of the Division of Correction, the Division of Community Correction, the Arkansas Correctional School District, and the DOC’s Boards and Commissions into one user-friendly design.

The consolidation of the division websites also combined existing online deposit services for inmate trust accounts and pre-pay phone service accounts with supervision and restitution payments to provide one convenient, online Offender Banking service accessible from the homepage of the website.

The Department of Corrections worked with the state’s digital services provider, NIC Arkansas, a wholly owned division of Tyler Technologies, to design the modern, responsive website and build an inclusive user experience across all platforms.

About NIC Arkansas

Little-Rock-based NIC Arkansas is celebrating 24 years as the state’s official digital government services partner and is part of NIC, a wholly owned division of Tyler Technologies. NIC Arkansas operates Arkansas.gov, the official website of the State of Arkansas, which offers more than 1,000 state and local online services, and works with the Information Network of Arkansas (INA) to help state government entities web-enable their information and services.

About The Communicator Awards

About The Communicator Awards: The Communicator Awards is the leading international awards program honoring creative excellence for marketing and communications professionals. Founded by passionate communications professionals over two decades ago, The Communicator Awards is an annual competition honoring the best digital, mobile, audio, video, and social content the industry has to offer. The Communicator Awards is widely recognized as one of the largest awards of its kind in the world. The Communicator Awards are judged and curated by the Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts (AIVA). The AIVA is an assembly of leading professionals from various disciplines of the visual arts dedicated to embracing progress and the evolving nature of traditional and interactive media. Current AIVA membership represents a “Who’s Who” of acclaimed media, advertising, and marketing firms including: GE Digital, Spotify, Condè Nast, Disney, Republica, Majestyk, Fast Company, Upstatement, and many others. See aiva.org for more information.

June 3, 2021
MEETING NOTICE

The Arkansas Board of Corrections will meet via conference call on Monday, June 7, 2021, at 10 a.m. Members of the media/general public wishing to listen to the meeting can do so at the Arkansas Department of Corrections headquarters, 1302 Pike Avenue, North Little Rock.

AGENDA

May 26, 2021

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ARKANSAS DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS TO EXPAND PAWS IN PRISON PROGRAM TO McPHERSON UNIT

NORTH LITTLE ROCK – The Department of Corrections announced today that the McPherson Unit in Newport will be its seventh facility to host a Paws in Prison (PIP) program.

Eight dogs from the Humane Society of Independence County will arrive at the McPherson Unit on Tuesday, June 1. Inmates will meet their PIP dogs at a “Paw-ty” media event scheduled for 1 p.m.

Since PIP began in December 2011, the program has trained and adopted more than 1,700 dogs into permanent homes.

Each dog will be assigned two inmate trainers who receive weekly instruction from professional dog trainers. The animals live with their inmate trainers 24 hours a day, seven days a week in their cells or barracks. The dogs must pass the American Kennel Club’s Canine Good Citizen exam to graduate from the program.

Inmate trainers are carefully screened before being accepted as a trainer in the program. Their records must be clear of any behavioral infractions for a year prior to applying for the program, and they must maintain a good behavioral record to remain in the program.

The PIP program, with 43 dogs enrolled, is currently active in six units:

  • J. Aaron Hawkins Sr. Center in Wrightsville
  • Maximum Security Unit in Tucker
  • North Central Unit in Calico Rock
  • Ouachita River Correctional Unit in Malvern
  • Randall L. Williams Unit in Pine Bluff
  • Tucker Unit in Tucker

PIP is funded by the sale of recyclables through the Division of Correction and by donations administered by the Arkansas Paws in Prison Foundation non-profit organization, from other foundations, businesses and private individuals.

PIP reduces the number of dogs euthanized each year in Arkansas due to overpopulation by preparing them to be loving, obedient and adoptable pets. Inmate trainers are able to contribute to society and acquire skills that support successful rehabilitation and re-entry into society, which ultimately improves public safety.

APRIL 26, 2021

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ARKANSAS DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS HIGHLIGHTS WORK TO PROVIDE SECOND CHANCES DURING 2021 REENTRY WEEK

NORTH LITTLE ROCK  –  Arkansas Corrections Secretary Solomon Graves kicked off 2021 Reentry Week Monday morning by hosting a rally at Faith Baptist Church in North Little Rock, where he thanked Department of Corrections staff and partner agencies and organizations for their life-changing work.

More than 80,000 offenders are currently in the custody or under the supervision of the Department of Corrections.

“For the Department, Reentry is not a convenient theme, or even a program or a service – it is a continuous process and a critical part of our mission,” Secretary Graves said. “For us, preparing for Reentry begins on the first day of incarceration.  Reentry is an uninterrupted thread that is woven through the Division of Correction, the Arkansas Correctional School District and the Division of Community Correction.”

Secretary Graves highlighted Division of Correction programs, including the Think Legacy program, which seeks to reduce recidivism by promoting social skills, job readiness skills, awareness of community resources, and connections to community mentors that will aid participants in achieving successful reentry into communities across Arkansas.

Applauding ADC’s Work Release programs, he said, “Work release allows these individuals to develop resources for independence and gives them the ability to help support their families and pay court ordered financial obligations. It also gives them a sense of pride, which in some ways is far more valuable than any paycheck.”

Standing at the pulpit of Faith Baptist Church, the Secretary stressed how important faith-based reentry programs are for offenders’ success.

“The (Hawkins Unit) Pathway to Freedom program is a Christ-centered holistic service program that provides an educational and values-based, pre-release and post-release/reentry obtain to offenders,” he said. “We also offer the Principles & Application for Life (PAL) program at all Division of Correction facilities, except for Work Release Centers. The PAL program offers worship services, religious materials, and counseling services to all inmates within the Division regardless of their faith, while incorporating that important community mentor component.”

The Arkansas Correctional School District is responsible for a critical component of the Department’s reentry efforts, Secretary Graves emphasized, saying education is mandatory for all capable inmates who lack their GED or high school diploma. “Over 29,000 students have graduated from the Arkansas Correctional School District,” he said. “Through legislation passed earlier this year, we will now be able to also provide remediation services to inmate with their high school diploma or GED beginning in 2021-22 school year.”

Secretary Graves expressed his appreciation to representatives of numerous reentry facilities who attended Monday’s rally.

Reentry facilities are a vital part of fulfilling the DOC’s mission to be a public safety resource for Arkansas families. These privately operated facilities provide a much-needed step down from incarceration to the community,” he said. “These facilities reflect the best of Arkansas’ charitable spirit and offer a better chance of success than a traditional release. We also have established community-based mentors as integral parts of our Community Correction Center and Parole/Probation programming.”

Secretary Graves encouraged those in attendance to participate in Reentry Week activities planned at Division of Community Correction area offices all over the state. Tuesday events will focus on legal services, Wednesday’s theme is “Health Matters,” Thursday activities will feature employment assistance and Friday will focus on mental health.

APRIL 23, 2021
MEETING NOTICE

The Arkansas Board of Corrections will meet on Thursday, April 29, 2021, at 10 a.m., at at the Arkansas Department of Corrections headquarters, 1302 Pike Avenue, North Little Rock.

AGENDA

April 9, 2021

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

ARKANSAS DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS TO EXPAND MODIFIED IN-PERSON VISITATION PILOT TO SIX ADDITIONAL FACILITIES

NORTH LITTLE ROCK –Secretary of Corrections Solomon Graves announced today that beginning April 17, 2021, the Arkansas Department of Corrections will be expanding a MODIFIED IN-PERSON VISITATION pilot to include the following facilities:

  • McPherson Unit
  • North Central Unit
  • Central Arkansas Community Correction Center
  • East Central Arkansas Community Correction Center
  • Omega Supervision Sanction Center
  • Southwest Arkansas Community Correction Center

The visitation pilot, which began in December, will continue at the following facilities:

  • Benton Work Release
  • Delta Regional Unit
  • Northeast Arkansas Community Correction Center
  • Northwest Arkansas Community Correction Center

Due to the COVID-19 public health emergency, in-person visits to inmates/residents will be made by pre-approved individuals only. Immediate, adult family members may submit requests for visitation appointments. Those wishing to visit the ten facilities now accepting requests should carefully review the new VISITATION RULES

After reviewing the new visitation rules, you may visit the website: https://telegov.egov.com/docrequest to complete a visitation appointment request form. Appointment requests can be made online from your mobile device or computer. All requests are pending review and approval by the Arkansas Department of Corrections.

April 1, 2021

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ARKANSAS DIVISION OF CORRECTION INMATE FOUND DEAD OF APPARENT SUICIDE AT THE EAST ARKANSAS REGIONAL UNIT

On Thursday, April 1, 2021, staff at the East Arkansas Regional Unit observed inmate Tyrone Washington #552982 hanging in a locked single-man cell. Responding correctional officers and medical staff were unable to detect a pulse. Inmate Washington was pronounced dead at 3 a.m. The Arkansas State Police (ASP) was immediately notified and responded to the unit. ASP will be conducting an investigation into the death. The Division of Correction will be conducting an internal investigation into the death.

Inmate Washington was a 27-year-old black male serving a 15-year sentence out of Pulaski County for residential burglary.

March 5, 2021

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ARKANSAS DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS TO HOST 10th ANNUAL HORSE AUCTION

NORTH LITTLE ROCK  – Twenty-seven retired horses will be available for sale at the 10th annual Arkansas Department of Corrections Horse Auction next weekend.

This year’s auction will take place at the Saline County Fairgrounds in Benton. The preview will be on Friday, March 12, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. On Saturday, March 13, the gates will open at 10 a.m., with the auction starting at 1 p.m.

The DOC’s horse program utilizes department staff and inmate trainers to breed and train horses in support of the department’s security mission. Horses begin their training at age 2 and begin their active service at age 4. The horses are utilized primarily by officers supervising field utility squads, regional maintenance squads, and manhunts.

The Department’s primary purpose for the auction is to find “Good Homes for Good Horses,” ensuring that the horses can retire with dignity after years of faithful service to the state’s prison system.

This year’s action will include a Sorrell Gelding named Clem that was purchased from the Division of Correction by the Little Rock Police Department in 2005. Clem served in the department’s Mounted Patrol Unit, participating in 12 Riverfests, 14 Arkansas State Fairs and at numerous school and public events.

COVID-19 precautions, including masks and social distancing, will be strictly enforced for preview day and the auction.

Media availability will be from 5 a.m.  to 6 p.m. on Friday, March 12, and from 5 a.m. through the end of the sale on Saturday, March 13. Outlets must RSVP with the Department’s Communications Director at Cindy.Murphy@arkansas.gov

February 25, 2021

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ARKANSAS DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS TO RESUME MODIFIED IN-PERSON VISITATION PILOT AT FOUR FACILITIES

NORTH LITTLE ROCK –Secretary of Corrections Solomon Graves announced today that beginning March 6, 2021, the Arkansas Department of Corrections will resume piloting modified in-person visitation at the following facilities:

  • Benton Work Release
  • Delta Regional Unit
  • Northeast Arkansas Community Correction Center
  • Northwest Arkansas Community Correction Center

The pilot launched in December 2020 but was suspended later that month when facilities entered into lockdown status in response to an increase in staff COVID-19 cases within the community and among staff.

Due to the COVID-19 public health emergency, in-person visits to inmates/residents may be made by pre-approved individuals only. Immediate, adult family members may submit requests for visitation appointments.  Please carefully review the new VISITATION RULES at ar.gov/visitationrules.

After reviewing the new visitation rules, prospective visitors may visit the website: https://telegov.egov.com/docrequest to complete a visitation appointment request form. Appointment requests can be made online from your mobile device or computer. All requests are pending review and approval by the Arkansas Department of Corrections.

January 31, 2021

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ARKANSAS DIVISION OF CORRECTION INMATE FOUND DEAD OF APPARENT SUICIDE AT THE EAST ARKANSAS REGIONAL UNIT

On Saturday, January 30, 2021, staff at the East Arkansas Regional Unit observed inmate Anthony Clay #162917 hanging in a locked single-man cell. Responding correctional officers and medical staff were unable to detect a pulse. Inmate Clay was pronounced dead at 10:49 a.m. The Arkansas State Police (ASP) was immediately notified and responded to the unit. ASP will be conducting an investigation into the death. The Division of Correction will be conducting an internal investigation into the death.

Inmate Clay was a 31-year-old black male serving a 7-year sentence out of Jefferson County for theft of property.

January 29, 2021

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS APPLAUDS FIVE OUTSTANDING OFFICER WINNERS

NORTH LITTLE ROCK – Three Division of Correction officers and two Division of Community Correction officers were honored today by the Arkansas Attorney General’s office for their outstanding public service to the State.

“I am so proud that these officers are being recognized for their loyalty, professionalism and commitment,” Arkansas Corrections Secretary Solomon Graves said. “These officers work every day to advance the Department’s commitment to public safety and our mission of being a resource for Arkansas families. We truly appreciate their hard work and dedication.”

2020 County Officer of the Year winners:

  • Capt. Andre Harris, Northeast Arkansas Community Correction Center, Mississippi County Officer of the Year
  • Sgt. Tamisha Ivory, Ouachita River Correctional Unit, Hot Spring County Officer of the Year
  • Sgt. Kyle Moody, North Central Unit, Izard County Officer of the Year
  • Capt. Lillie Phillips, Texarkana Regional Correctional Center, Miller County Officer of the Year
  • Sgt. Stephanie Soimis, East Central Community Correction Center, Crittenden County Officer of the Year

Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge also paid a special tribute to Sgt. Travis C. Wallace, a 5-year veteran of the Division of Correction who was killed on Nov. 12, 2020, while on duty with the Helena-West Helena Police Department. Sgt. Wallace was a field sergeant at the East Arkansas Regional Unit.

JANUARY 27, 2021
MEETING NOTICE

The Arkansas Board of Corrections will meet via conference call on Monday, February 1, 2021, at 2 p.m. Members of the media/general public wishing to listen to the meeting can do so at the Arkansas Department of Corrections headquarters, 1302 Pike Avenue, North Little Rock.

Agenda

JANUARY 19, 2021

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

DIVISION OF CORRECTION INMATE PRONOUNCED DEAD AT OUACHITA RIVER CORRECTIONAL UNIT

PINE BLUFF – On Sunday, January 17, 2021, a Division of Correction inmate was pronounced deceased at the Ouachita River Correctional Unit’s Special Needs Unit in Malvern. The inmate was undergoing treatment for COVID-related symptoms. The inmate was in his late 60s and serving a life sentence for rape.

JANUARY 15, 2021

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ARKANSAS DIVISION OF CORRECTION INMATE FOUND DEAD OF APPARENT SUICIDE AT THE OUACHITA RIVER CORRECTIONAL UNIT

On Friday, January 15, 2021, staff at the Ouachita River Correctional Unit observed inmate Marshall Curry #141424 hanging in a locked single-man cell. Responding correctional officers and medical staff were unable to detect a pulse. Inmate Curry was pronounced dead at 6:57 a.m. The Arkansas State Police (ASP) was immediately notified and responded to the unit. ASP will be conducting an investigation into the death. The Division of Correction will be conducting an internal investigation into the death.

Inmate Jones was a 32-year-old black male serving a 25-year sentence out of Pulaski County for rape.

JANUARY 12, 2021

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Arkansas Department of Corrections Responds to the “Solitary Confinement” Report issued by External Stakeholder Groups

The Arkansas Department of Corrections is issuing this response to the January 8, 2021, “solitary confinement” report issued by two external stakeholder groups. As both external stakeholder groups chose not contact the Department in advance of publication, this report generally provides a biased and inaccurate description of the utilization of restrictive housing in the State of Arkansas. The Department actively works to limit the use of restrictive housing. In fact, the Department has adapted policies and procedures during the past three years to ensure that the use of restrictive housing is reduced and utilized only when absolutely necessary. That said, our priority must always be to maintain a safe environment for our inmates and staff, so restrictive housing is thoughtfully and carefully implemented when an inmate poses a direct threat to the safety of individuals or to the secure operations of our units. Key elements of the Department’s Restrictive Housing policies and procedures are summarized below:

  • The Division of Correction uses multi-step assessment procedures that include checks and balances and oversight protocols to eliminate unwarranted restrictive housing placement. Inmates are placed in restrictive housing only after a careful review determines that the inmate poses a direct threat to the safety of others or are a clear threat to the safe and secure operations of the facility. Within 24 hours of restrictive housing placement, a second review is conducted by authorities not involved in the initial placement decision. Then, within 7 days, a Classification Committee holds a hearing to determine the most appropriate placement of the inmate. Additionally, a mental health practitioner completes a mental health appraisal of all inmates in restrictive housing within 7 days of placement.
  • A common misconception of restrictive housing is that the practice is used only for punitive reasons. In fact, restrictive housing is frequently used for the safety of inmates during an investigation, to provide additional security for inmates pending trial, when disciplinary court review is pending, or when inmates are preparing to transfer to another unit for security reasons.
  • Inmates who are under the age of 18, inmates who are pregnant and inmates who are seriously mentally ill are NOT placed in extended restrictive housing, which is restrictive housing for 22 hours per day for 30 or more days.
  • Youthful inmates will not be placed in Restrictive Housing, for any length of time,  solely for the purpose of complying with separation from adult inmates. If a youthful inmate’s behavior becomes unmanageable and all efforts to deescalate that behavior have failed, and there is a direct threat to the safe and secure operations of the housing unit, the inmate, staff, or other inmates, the Warden or Duty Warden (if after hours) must be notified.
  • All housing assignments for pregnant inmates are made in consultation with facility medical staff, and when necessary the inmates outside obstetrician.
  • All housing assignments for seriously mentally ill inmates are made in consultation with a qualified mental health professional as a part of the inmate’s individualized treatment plan.
  • Additional safeguards are in place to ensure that restrictive housing is used only when necessary, including allowing inmates hearings to appeal their restrictive housing placement and the review by Wardens and Deputy Directors of any long-term Restrictive housing placements.

The Division of Correction has a robust Step-Down Program designed to reduce the use of extended restrictive housing and to thoughtfully and strategically prepare inmates for transition from extended restrictive housing to the general population or the community. The Step-Down Program is a coordinated, multidisciplinary team approach that includes healthcare, security staff and provides participating inmates with a transition plan consisting of the following:

  • A Pre-Screening Evaluation
  • Monthly Performance Evaluations which may lead to:
    • Increasing -out-of-cell time
    • Increasing group interaction
    • Increasing programmatic opportunities
    • Increasing institutional privileges (e.g. visitation, telephone, and commissary)
  • A Transition Compliance Review
  • A Post-Screening Evaluation


It is important to note that data reflective in the report do not account for those inmates who are chronically unruly and actively work to remain in restricted housing because they prefer that isolated environment. It is not uncommon for inmates to deliberately violate rules so that they will be disciplined, allowing them to remain in restricted housing. During the past year alone, there were more than 300 documented incidents where inmates refused to return to general population after completing required time in restricted housing. This is a predicament not unique to Arkansas correctional facilities, and the department is continuing to explore housing policies which disincentivize restrictive housing.

JANUARY 5, 2021

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ARKANSAS DIVISION OF CORRECTION INMATE FOUND DEAD OF APPARENT SUICIDE AT THE EAST ARKANSAS REGIONAL UNIT

On Tuesday, January 5, 2021, staff at the East Arkansas Regional Unit observed inmate Billy Ray Jones #161430 hanging in a locked single-man cell. Responding correctional officers and medical staff were unable to detect a pulse. Inmate Jones was pronounced dead at 3:31 a.m. The Arkansas State Police (ASP) was immediately notified and responded to the unit. ASP will be conducting an investigation into the death. The Division of Correction will be conducting an internal investigation into the death.

Inmate Jones was a 30-year-old black male serving a 27-year sentence out of Union County for second-degree murder.

January 4, 2021

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ARKANSAS DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS BEGINS COVID-19 VACCINATION OF SECURITY  STAFF AND MEDICAL PARTNERS

NORTH LITTLE ROCK –  Arkansas Corrections Secretary Solomon Graves will hold a media availability session the afternoon of Tuesday, January 5, 2021.

Details are as follows:

WHAT:

The Arkansas Department of Corrections is scheduled to conduct its first round of COVID-19 immunizations beginning this week. Employees from the Division of Correction and from Wellpath, the Department’s contracted medical provider,willreceive the COVID-19 vaccine and discuss how the pandemic has impacted their lives, both personally and professionally.

WHEN: 

3:30 p.m., Tuesday, January 5, 2021

WHERE:

Richard Lee Richardson Auditorium, 1302 Pike Ave., Suite B149, North Little Rock, AR

December 31, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

DIVISION OF CORRECTION INMATE PRONOUNCED DEAD AT LOCAL HOSPITAL

PINE BLUFF – On Thursday, December 31, 2020, a Division of Correction inmate was pronounced deceased at Jefferson Regional Medical Center in Pine Bluff. The Tucker Unit inmate was undergoing treatment for COVID-related symptoms. The inmate was in his early 70s and serving a 20-year sentence for rape.

December 30, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ARKANSAS DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS SUSPENDS ALL NON-ESSENTIAL UNIT OPERATIONS DUE TO INCREASE IN COVID CASES AMONG STAFF

NORTH LITTLE ROCK –Secretary of Corrections Solomon Graves notified Department leadership on Wednesday, December 30, that in response to a recent increase in staff COVID-19 cases, all Department of Corrections (DOC) facilities will immediately enter into lockdown status. On Tuesday, 192 DOC employees were positive for COVID-19 and on leave.  Facilities will remain locked down until at least January 15, 2021. The need for an extension will be evaluated at that time.

While locked down, all non-essential movement within facilities or between facilities will be suspended. A visitation pilot launched earlier this month at Benton Work Release, Delta Regional Unit, Northeast Arkansas Community Correction Center and Northwest Arkansas Community Correction Center will be suspended. Finally, only emergency intakes of inmates will be scheduled. 

“The goal of this lockdown is to lessen the impact of the increase in community cases,” Secretary Graves said. While providing an update on COVID-19 vaccine distribution to staff on Tuesday, Secretary Graves reminded staff of the ‘3 Ws’ of COVID-19 response by saying, “While we wait to receive a vaccine, I want to again stress the three things we can do today to protect ourselves, our families, and our facilities and offices: WASH your hands, WEAR a mask, and WATCH your distance.” The Secretary went on to further encourage social distancing when the said, “…please follow the advice of public health professionals and limit social gatherings. This is normally a season of celebration for many of us. I am asking that you join me in making this a season of sacrifice so we can enjoy the Spring, Summer and beyond as healthy as possible.”

DECEMBER 30, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ARKANSAS DIVISION OF CORRECTION INMATE FOUND DEAD OF APPARENT SUICIDE AT THE VARNER UNIT

On Tuesday, December 29, 2020, staff at the Varner Unit observed inmate Skyland Harris #139646 hanging in a locked single-man cell. Responding correctional officers and medical staff were unable to detect a pulse. Inmate Harris was pronounced dead at 12:54 p.m. The Arkansas State Police (ASP) was immediately notified and responded to the unit. ASP will be conducting an investigation into the death. The Division of Correction will be conducting an internal investigation into the death.

Inmate Harris was a 33-year-old black male serving a 20-year sentence out of Pulaski County for aggravated robbery.

December 28, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ARKANSAS CORRECTIONS SECRETARY APPLAUDS THE RESTORATION OF PELL GRANTS FOR INCARCERATED STUDENTS

NORTH LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Secretary of Corrections Solomon Graves expressed appreciation to the U.S. Congress and President Trump for restoring Pell Grant funding for individuals incarcerated in state and federal correctional facilities. In 1994, federal law was changed to cut off Pell Grant funding to state and federal inmates. The restoration was included in the federal spending and pandemic relief bill signed over the weekend by President Trump.

“I am thrilled that offenders in Arkansas, and across the nation, will again be able to benefit from Pell Grants,” Secretary Graves said. “Reversing the ban on Pell Grants for prisoners is a significant step toward making higher education and career technical education a reality for a larger share of our population and substantially increasing offenders’ chances of one day becoming productive returning members of our communities. Expanding access to higher education will greatly advance our mission to be a public safety resource for Arkansas families by providing professional management solutions and evidence-based rehabilitative initiatives for offenders.”

During the past three years, about 17,000 people nationwide have enrolled in classes as part of the Second Chance Pell Program, a U.S. Department of Education pilot program. Since 2017, the Arkansas Department of Corrections has participated in the pilot, which allows eligible inmates to use Pell Grant funding to pay for college classes at Shorter College and Arkansas State University – Newport. 

December 14, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ARKANSAS DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS SEES BIG SAVINGS WITH SOLAR ENERGY

NORTH LITTLE ROCK Arkansas Department of Corrections (DOC) makes up roughly 6% of the state’s annual budget, so any opportunity for savings is hugely beneficial to taxpayers. The DOC announced today that it has launched a new energy efficiency project that, combined with the first phase completed in 2019, will help the department save more than $3.2 million per year between energy savings, operational savings, and capital expenditure avoidance. Additionally, the project benefits from new Arkansas solar laws, which allow public entities to take advantage of federal tax credits and net metering rules. The improved efficiencies are yet another step the agency has taken under the leadership of Arkansas Corrections Secretary Solomon Graves to fulfil Governor Asa Hutchinson’s initiative for streamlined state government. 

“Since taking office six years ago, my administration has taken steps to transform Arkansas state government to become more streamlined and cost-efficient,” said Governor Hutchinson. “The latest project from the now consolidated Department of Corrections is exactly the type of transformation we hoped to see. I applaud Secretary Graves and Secretary Keogh for the work they have done with their respective agencies in allowing cost saving projects like this to occur.”

In 2013, the Arkansas General Assembly passed Act 554 creating the Arkansas Energy Performance Contracting (AEPC) program. Act 554 allows Arkansas’ state agencies to participate in energy performance contracts, in which a project’s annual energy and maintenance savings are used to fully cover the cost of work over a specified period. Under the terms of the legislation and AEPC program guidelines, a project’s annual savings must be guaranteed by the company performing the work. 

Secretary Graves said, “I’m excited for yet another initiative that will help us become more efficient in our operations without cutting services. This will result in improved delivery of services and will ultimately save the state and taxpayers money by allowing the Department to reallocate savings to meet other capital needs. I want to thank Governor Hutchinson, the General Assembly, and E&E for giving us the opportunity to improve our facilities with the AEPC program.”

The Arkansas Department of Energy and Environment’s (E&E) Office of Energy oversees the AEPC program, providing technical guidance and oversight on all projects. Becky Keogh, E&E Cabinet Secretary, said the AEPC program “promotes efficiency in state government, having guaranteed Arkansas taxpayers nearly $500 million in savings since 2013. We commend the DOC for its collaborative and innovative approach to reducing costs, conserving energy resources, and creating efficiencies.”

In 2017, the Division of Correction and Division of Community Correction, both now part of the consolidated Department of Corrections, signed Performance Contracts with Entegrity, a Little Rock-based Energy Services Company (ESCO). The Phase 1 Projects concentrated on the Division of Correction’s East Arkansas Regional Unit in Brickeys and Delta Regional Unit in Dermott as well as the Division of Community Correction’s correctional centers in Texarkana, Little Rock, Osceola, Fayetteville, Malvern, and West Memphis.

The 2017 projects included converting more than 17,000 light fixtures to LED, composting food waste for use in prison farm operations, comprehensive heating and air upgrades, and conserving water through a variety of strategic upgrades. In addition, both projects featured 300 kW solar arrays at the Division of Correction’s East Arkansas Regional Unit and the Division of Correction’s Osceola facility.

Since completion, the actual annual savings from the first phase have exceeded the $1.1 million guaranteed by Entegrity to the Division of Correction and the $612,000 guaranteed by Entegrity to the Division of Community Correction. The projects not only paid for themselves but also redirected funds back into the agency’s budget. Building on the success of the first phase, both divisions have approved second phases. The latest projects will include comprehensive upgrades covering the Tucker Unit, Tucker Max Unit, and Tucker Re-Entry Center as well as multi-megawatt solar installations for the Division of Correction and the Division of Community Correction.

Chris Ladner, Entegrity’s founding partner, said, “We’re honored to continue our work in assisting the DOC improve performance and reduce waste. This project will create numerous short-term and long-term benefits that will benefit the agency and its facilities for decades to come.”

Implementation is expected to start at the beginning of the year and be substantially complete in early 2022. This second phase of the projects are guaranteed by Entegrity under Performance Contracting to not only pay for themselves but to also put money back into the state agency’s budget. Phase 2 savings will be realized by:

  • Replacing 4,800 lighting fixtures with tamper-resistant LED lighting fixtures, reducing lighting energy and maintenance expenses by 60%.
  • Installing 2,300 smart water fixtures, reducing water and sewer costs by 35%.
  • Composting food waste through in-vessel, rotary drum digesters, reducing water and natural gas use by more than $150,000 per year.
  • Replacing HVAC equipment, performing tune-ups, and control upgrades, reducing operating costs by $100,00 per year.
  • Educating select inmates on basic maintenance and operation of mechanical systems.
  • A 6.5 MW Solar Services Agreement for the Division of Correction and a 2.5 MW Solar Services Agreement for the Division of Community Correction, pending approvals from the Arkansas Public Service Commission. Together, the solar arrays will save the agency more than $250,000 per year.

The biggest differences between Phase 1 and Phase 2 are the SSAs made possible by the 2019 Solar Access Act (Act 464), which passed with near unanimous support in the Arkansas General Assembly. The SSA will involve zero debt and enables the agency to purchase clean energy that takes advantage of federal tax credits. Combined, the projects result in guaranteed savings of $3.2 million per year for Department.

Secretary Graves said, “We are eager to start this second phase. It is one of many steps we will take in the coming year to improve our outcomes and do our part to continue the transformation of state government.”

December 9, 2020
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

DIVISION OF CORRECTION INMATE PRONOUNCED DEAD AT LOCAL HOSPITAL

PINE BLUFF – On Wednesday, December 9, 2020, a Division of Correction inmate was pronounced deceased at CHI St. Vincent in Hot Springs. The East Arkansas Regional Unit inmate was undergoing treatment for COVID-related symptoms. The inmate was in his late 40s and serving a 150-year sentence for sexual assault.

November 28, 2020
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

TWO DIVISION OF CORRECTION INMATES PRONOUNCED DEAD IN UNRELATED INCIDENTS

PINE BLUFF – On Wednesday, November 25, 2020, a Division of Correction inmate was pronounced deceased at NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital in Jonesboro. The Grimes Unit inmate was undergoing treatment for COVID-related symptoms. The inmate was in his late 40s and serving a 10-year sentence for sexual assault.

On Saturday, November 28, 2020, staff at Ouachita River Correctional Unit observed inmate Demeckus Singleton #154615 hanging in a locked single-man cell. Responding correctional officers and medical staff were unable to detect a pulse. Inmate Singleton was pronounced dead at 12:20 p.m. The Arkansas State Police (ASP) was immediately notified and responded to the unit. ASP will be conducting an investigation into the death. The Division of Correction will be conducting an internal investigation into the death.

Inmate Singleton was a 28-year-old black male serving a 20-year sentence out of Columbia County for theft of property, terroristic threatening and absconding.

November 13, 2020
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

NORTH LITTLE ROCK – The Arkansas Department of Corrections is mourning the loss today of East Arkansas Regional Unit Field Sgt. Travis C. Wallace. Sgt. Wallace, who was a 5-year veteran of the Division of Correction (ADC), was killed Thursday evening while on duty serving as an officer with the Helena – West Helena Police Department.

Sgt. Wallace, 41, was struck by gunfire from suspect Latarius Howard, 29, outside the Delta Inn, located on U.S. Highway 49 in Helena-West Helena.  Sgt. Wallace and other local police officers had been looking for Howard, who was wanted on charges stemming from a shooting incident in Helena – West Helena about a week ago.

Howard was captured at 6 a.m. in Shaw, Mississippi, according to Arkansas State Police, which will be the lead law enforcement agency investigating the incident.

Arkansas Corrections Secretary Solomon Graves and Division of Correction Director Dexter Payne expressed their heartfelt condolences to the Wallace family.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the Wallace family and the Helena – West Helena Police Department,” Secretary Graves said. “Officer Wallace is one of our own. This loss is immeasurable and indescribable. In times like these, the strength of our family, and our individual faith, will see us through.”

November 3, 2020
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

NORTH LITTLE ROCK – The Arkansas Department of Corrections, Division of Community Correction Sex Offender Services, coordinated a massive, statewide Halloween home visit effort on Saturday. More than 50 officers made unannounced visits to the homes of 640 sex offenders to make sure they were in compliance with state laws prohibiting their activities. Halloween lock-ins for sex offenders, organized by the Division in previous years, were not possible because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Arkansas families celebrated Halloween during the weekend for the second time since the enaction of Act 463, which bars certain sex offenders from participating in Halloween-related activities.

State laws limiting sex offenders from participating in Halloween activities are in affect two weeks before and two weeks after Halloween. Level 3 and 4 sex offenders who violate Act 463 restrictions may be charged with a Class D felony, serving up to six years in jail and a fine up to $10,000.

Act 463 bans these offenders from handing out candy to minors, participating in trick-or-treating and attending events involving wearing costumes or handing out candy to children. Sex offenders identified as high risk must remain at home on Halloween and are required to post signs warning that children are not to trick-or-treat at their residences.

Jennifer Dean, Division Sex Offender Services Manager, reported a 92 percent overall compliance rate from the Saturday home visits. Fifty-nine offenders were found to be in violation, with violations including failure to register as sex offenders, Halloween decoration violations and failure to display no trick-or-treater doorhangers.  Efforts are ongoing to bring non-compliant offenders into compliance and, in some cases, to sanction them for violations.

November 2, 2020
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

NORTH LITTLE ROCK – Visitation to Arkansas Department of Corrections prisons and community correction centers will remain suspended, through November 13, 2020, pending approval of a plan that will be submitted to the Arkansas Department of Health.

We understand how important visitation is for inmates and residents to maintain a bond with their families while incarcerated. The safe resumption of in-person visitation is a priority for the Board of Corrections, Secretary Solomon Graves, and both Division Directors. We greatly appreciate the ongoing patience and understanding of residents, inmates and their loved ones as well as the overwhelming support our staff has received during this public health crisis. While visitation is suspended, we encourage friends and family to remain in contact through phone calls and video visits. To help with that, we have worked with our communications partners to provide lower rates for phone calls and video visitation.

Visitation status updates will be posted on the Department’s website at http://doc.arkansas.gov .

October 23, 2020
MEETING NOTICE

The Arkansas Board of Corrections will meet on Wednesday, October 28, 2020 at 10 a.m. in the Arkansas State Police Training Room at the Wrightsville Unit.  The address is 8400 Hwy 386 East, Wrightsville. 

AGENDA

October 23, 2020
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

DIVISION OF CORRECTION INMATE PRONOUNCED DEAD AT LOCAL HOSPITAL

PINE BLUFF – On Friday, October 23, 2020, a Division of Correction inmate was pronounced deceased at White River Health System Grasse Memorial Clinic in Calico Rock. The North Central Unit inmate was undergoing treatment for COVID-related symptoms. The inmate was in his early 60s and serving a 40-year sentence for first-degree murder.

October 20, 2020
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

DIVISION OF CORRECTION INMATE PRONOUNCED DEAD AT LOCAL HOSPITAL

PINE BLUFF – On Tuesday, October 20, 2020, a Division of Correction inmate was pronounced deceased at Baptist Health – Hot Spring County in Malvern. The Ouachita River Correctional Unit inmate was undergoing treatment for COVID-related symptoms. The inmate was in his mid-60s and serving a 20-year sentence for rape.

October 19, 2020
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

DIVISION OF CORRECTION INMATE PRONOUNCED DEAD AT TEXAS HOSPITAL

PINE BLUFF – On Sunday, October 18, 2020, an Arkansas Division of Correction inmate was pronounced deceased at Wadley Regional Medical Center in Texarkana, Texas. The Bowie County (Texas) Correctional Center inmate was undergoing treatment for COVID-related symptoms. The inmate was in his mid-60s and serving a 210-year sentence for rape.

October 5, 2020
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

DIVISION OF CORRECTION INMATE PRONOUNCED DEAD AT LOCAL HOSPITAL

PINE BLUFF – On Saturday, October 4, 2020, a Division of Correction inmate was pronounced deceased at Baptist Health – North Little Rock. The Varner Unit inmate was undergoing treatment for COVID-related symptoms. The inmate was in his early 60s and serving a life sentence for rape.

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