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Re-Entry Events

The McPherson Unit held a Resource and Reunification Fair on Monday, October 30th. Various speakers included Warden Toni Bradley, ACC Reentry Asst. Director, Carrie Williams, TEO Supervisor/Goodwill Quintin Stephens, Ms. Kim and Tracy from Hope Rises, and many others.Think Legacy Reentry Mentor D. Hill presented a very motivational speech to the participants and Nisha from Protech “Good Grid” provided knowledge on the utilization of their software assisting with “felon-friendly” employers and more. Think Legacy participants had the option to invite their families’ to the event promoting a “structured family release” and gather those vital resources and gain knowledge of the different entities that could provide services once released.The were approximately 51 vendors in the afternoon session





A graduation ceremony was held at the Ester Unit for Think Legacy participants on Friday, September 28th. Arkansas State Representative, Vivian Flowers served as guest speaker.



Marty Burlsworth and Rick Watts from the Burlsworth Foundation spoke to Think Legacy participants on September 24th. Marty is the brother of the late Brandon Burlsworth formerly of the Arkansas Razorbacks Football team (66th walk on), and Indiana Colts draft pick.  Brandon had to work and train extra hard to walk onto the Razorback’s football team. Through Brandon’s dedication, he received a scholarship to the University of  Arkansas after one year.  After many tribulations, Brandon was drafted by the Indiana Colts. Brandon was traveling back to Harrison, Arkansas to take his mother to church when he was tragically killed In a car accident. Brandon’s spirit lives on through the Burlsworth Foundation. The Foundation provides under privileged children vision care and glasses. The movie “Greater” is based on Brandon’s life, with his family incorporated, they were his biggest fan. Marty Burlsworth  and Vickie Burlsworth (Marty’s wife) donated 30 “Greater” movies, and 60 hard back books, “Through the eyes of a Champion” – The Brandon Burlsworth Story, to the Think Legacy population.  The Think Legacy Participants have viewed the movie, and are now receiving visits from the Burlsworth’s and Rick Watts whom was Brandon’s youth pastor.


The Tucker Unit hosted a Think Legacy Resource and Reunification Job Fair on June 9, 2017, approximately 120 Reentry eligible inmates were in attendance. Guest Speakers included Patty Sims from ACC Good Grid, Chief Deputy Director K. Murphy from Arkansas Community Correction, Dr. “DUBS” Byers from the Board of Corrections, Richard “Rick” Cooper, ACI Administrator, and Quintin Stephens, Goodwill TEO Supervisor. The Arkansas Workforce Development Agency was in attendance with the Mobile Unit offering 12 high speed internet enabling the Think Legacy participants to search for employability, and instruction on resume writing.




A Resource and Reunification Fair was held at the Tucker Re-Entry for Women's Center on Friday, June 19, 2017. The Arkansas Workforce Mobile Unit was parked outside the Tucker Re-Entry Center, the participants were able to get on the bus and complete resumes, and look for employment. The bus was equipped with 12 computers with built in internet.  College of the Ouachita, Henderson University, and Shorter College were in attendance. Arkansas Legal Aid, Adult Education, Child Support Enforcement, TRIO, DHS, Phoenix Recovery, Hope Rises and many more were in attendance to provide resources and knowledge to the attendees. Guest speakers included ACI Administrator Rick Cooper, ACC Re-Entry Assistant Director, Carrie Williams, Jennifer Hawthorne from Restore Hope and a host of others.




The Veterans Resource Fair was hosted by Deputy Warden John Wheeler at the Ester Unit on Thursday, April 13, 2017.  Dr. Irving Kuo, and his team provided information for the unit’s veteran population. Ms. Linda Catalano attended and provided information from the Veteran's Administration. Ms. Catalano has agreed to partner with the Think Legacy Reentry Program, and provide information to the men and women assigned across the state, who have served in the armed services, as well as inmate veterans’ requesting the information.













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Re-entry Occupational Outlook Handbook

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This facility uses a variety of electronic scanning devices to detect the presence of contraband. The detection, interception and confiscation of contraband is essential to provide for the security and good order of the institution and is required to protect the public, staff and inmates.  All persons must realize that personal clothing choices containing metal (for example, snaps, buttons, buckles, under wires or support materials) may cause the electronic detectors to alarm.

Any visitor unable to successfully clear all of the security checkpoints will be denied entry and will be suspended from the approved visitation list

Contractual agent visitors unable to successfully clear all security checkpoints will be denied entry and may be barred from all ADC facilities.

A staff member unable to clear all of the security checkpoints after following all entry procedures as directed by entry staff will be denied entry and will be subject to disciplinary action, which in this case is termination for insubordination.  Staff members will not be allowed to voluntarily end the attempt to clear security checkpoints and return at a later time.  Any staff member attempting to withdraw will be subject to disciplinary action, which in this case is termination for insubordination.

All vehicles entering ADC property are subject to search at any time. 

Social History Assessment - Family History Background

In 2014, the Arkansas Department of Correction (ADC) contracted with the University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR), Department of Criminal Justice, to evaluate and validate the social history assessment tool.  For a copy of this report click here.

Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program

Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Program 
The PSLF Program is intended to encourage individuals to enter and continue to work full-time in public service jobs. Under this program, you may qualify for forgiveness of the remaining balance due on your William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program (Direct Loan Program) loans after you have made 120 qualifying payments on those loans while employed full-time by certain public service employers. Since you must make 120 qualifying payments on your eligible federal student loans after October 1, 2007 before you qualify for the loan forgiveness, the first forgiveness of loan balances will not be granted until October 2017.
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Employee Benefits

For any questions concerning employee benefits please visit the Benefits FAQ page.

Arkansas Cafeteria Plan (ARCAP) 
Employees may elect to use pre-tax dollars for health insurance, day care costs, and medical expenses.

Arkansas Public Employees Retirement Systems (APERS)
Employees are eligible for full retirement benefits at age 65 with five years of service or at any age with 28 years of service.

Arkansas State Employee Association (ASEA)
ASEA is a non-profit organization working for the betterment of state employees. The ASEA offers benefits such as a benevolent fund and insurance products from the State Employee Benefits Corporation (SEBCO), a subsidiary of ASEA.

Career Service Recognition
All employees of the Department shall become eligible for annual career service recognition payments upon completion of ten or more years of state service in a regular full-time position or positions. Merit Increase

Credit Union 

Contact your Human Resources Manager for an application to one of our available credit unions.

Deferred Compensation Plan (457b) 
The Arkansas Diamond Deferred Compensation Plan is a voluntary 'retirement savings plan' that allows payroll deduction contributions with pre-tax dollars. The employee may choose a voluntary dollar amount to be payroll deducted up to annual contribution limits set by the IRS.

Employee Assistance Program (EAP) 
The EAP is designed to provide counseling and treatment referral for alcohol and drug abuse, family crisis, legal conflicts, interpersonal relationships, and other concerns that may adversely affect employee job performance. On occasions, members of an employee's family may participate in the program when activities are related to employee.

Health Benefits 
The State of Arkansas offers a variety of health care providers to fit the medical and financial needs of all employees.

Leave Programs 
The types of leave available at the Department are as follows: annual leave, sick leave, military leave, leave without pay, court and jury leave, and compensatory time.

Unit Employee Corporation 

Once assigned to a duty station (unit), an employee will have the opportunity to join an employee association for a nominal monthly fee. These corporations offer benefits such as: shoe shines, haircuts, turkey or hams at Christmas time and other services. Some units/facilities have built swimming pools for the use of employee association members. 

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Reduction of Sexual Victimization Program (RSVP)

Description: The treatment of individuals who have committed sexual offenses. All programs are cognitive-behaviorally based in an attempt to reduce critical thinking errors and increase appropriate behavior once released.
Capacity: Approximately 236 males with a program for female sex offenders under development.
Impact: Identification and treatment of at risk offenders system wide. Housing at the Ouachita River Unit for males and the McPherson Unit for females.
Requirements: Successful completion of 90 day initial treatment phase;
Willingness to admit and work on deviant sexual problems ;
No active psychosis;
Ability to understand and retain information;
No life sentence; and
Ample time to complete prior to release date.
Staff: Mental Health
  • Pre-Treatment Readiness
  • Sex Education Modules
  • Relapse Prevention
  • Cognitive/Behavioral Treatment
  • Victim Empathy
  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Relationship Skills Building
  • Resolution Group Therapeutic Community
Comments: Approximately 9-18 month residential program for males, educational program for females is under development.

Religious Services

Description: Worship services, religious materials, counseling and emergency services
Capacity: Open to all inmates
Impact: System wide
Requirements: Appropriate behavior
Staff: ADC religious staff
Various denominational staff
Volunteers and outside community
  • Various Denominational services
  • Religious Revivals
  • Pastoral Counseling
  • Religious Education
  • Family Program and Death Notification
  • Ramadan, E'id Feasts
  • PAL Program
  • Faith Based Programs
Comments: Free worship services are offered weekly at units in conjunction with quarterly revivals and special outreach programs (Kairos, Christian Motorcycle Association, IBLP Basic and Advanced Seminars, etc.) All facilities have a chapel area where services are held.

Sheltered Living Unit

Description: Accessible secure housing in close proximity to medical care for monitoring of medical needs for the elderly, chronically ill, and/or for inmates recovering from acute illnesses.
Capacity: Approximately 120 male inmates annually
Impact: Approximately 200+ inmates annually at Diagnostic Unit and Jefferson County Jail Correctional Facility
Requirements: Assignments are made by Medical staff, Must abide by unit rules
Staff: Medical, Mental health, Security personnel
  • Medical/Medication Management
  • Individual Counseling
  • Placement Referrals as necessary

Special Programs Unit

Description: A residential treatment facility for mentally ill inmates in the ADC. This program is utilized to evaluate, stabilize and return inmates to general population. The design of the program offers diagnostic evaluations, mental health treatment, specialized housing, and work supervision for inmates with mental health problems/illnesses.
Capacity: Approximately 66 males at the Diagnostic Unit
Approximately 11 females at the McPherson Unit
Impact: Acute/chronic Mental Health inmates system wide
Requirements: Referral by Mental Health Services
Referral by ADC Administration
Referral by ADC Security
Staff: Mental Health Services
  • Mental Health Assessment Evaluations
  • Medication Management/Training
  • Individual and Group Counseling
  • Psycho-Educational Groups
  • Treatment Planning
  • Tutorial Programs for Literacy
  • Transition and/or Release Planning and Referral
Comments: Will expand when the Wrightsville Unit's 200 bed facility for women opens, and Ouachita is completed.

Substance Abuse Therapeutic Community Program (T.C.)

Description: A nine to twelve month (minimum) comprehensive residential substance abuse treatment program using a modified therapeutic community model in a residential setting. These programs have strictly defined roles of responsibilities for participants, sanctions for inappropriate behaviors, and positive reinforcement for prosocial behaviors.
Capacity: 150 males at Tucker
45 males at Wrightsville
50 females at McPherson
Total capacity 245
Impact: Tucker, Wrightsville, McPherson units
Requirements: The Department of Correction strives to match the needs of inmates to available services prior to release. Referrals from intake are reviewed for substance abuse history, legal history, prior treatment history, incarceration record, any relevant diagnostic evaluations or behavior history related to alcohol and/or drug use. These referrals become ADC recommendations. Transfer to program for entry will be based on individual T.E. date and meeting program criteria, (60 day disciplinary free, at least 60 days in general population, class III or better, current active referral to program) and ADC policy guidelines. Individuals on active waiting list are considered for transfer and entry when bed space is available. Entrance is based on next eligible individual on central waiting list.
Staff: Substance Abuse Treatment Staff
  • Chemical dependency/ pharmacology Classes
  • Encounter Group Therapy
  • Relapse Intervention
  • Addiction/Criminal Thinking Reduction
  • Reality Therapy
  • Focus Groups
  • Issue Groups
  • Personality Development Curriculum
  • Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy Groups
  • Journaling

Gender specific programming materials

Comments: A viable method of treating a relapsing criminal substance abuse population. Based on Bio-psychosocial and Relapse Intervention Education (Rational Emotive Therapy Curriculum/relapse prevention), Criminal Thought Reduction, and prosocial individual development. Uses modified TC methodology. Licensed by the Division of Behavioral Health Services Alcohol/Drug Abuse Prevention.

Substance Abuse Treatment Program (SATP)

Description: A 6-12 month residential treatment program, based on cognitive/reality therapy of treatment for chemical dependency. Employees modified therapeutic community rules.
Capacity: Approximately 570 treatment beds
Impact: Tucker, Randal L Williams, Wrightsville, Varner, Grimes, and McPherson units
Requirements: The Department of Correction strives to match the needs of inmates to available services prior to release. Referrals from intake are reviewed for substance abuse history, legal history, prior treatment history, incarceration record, any relevant diagnostic evaluations or behavior history related to alcohol and/or drug use. These referrals become ADC recommendations. Transfer to program for entry will be based on individual T.E. date and meeting program criteria, (60 day disciplinary free, at least 60 days in general population, class III or better, current active referral to program) and ADC policy guidelines. Individuals on active waiting list are considered for transfer and entry when bed space is available. Entrance is based on next eligible individual on central waiting list.
Staff: Substance Abuse Treatment Staff
  • Gender specific, alcohol/drug treatment group
  • Relapse prevention/education
  • Rational emotive therapy curriculum
  • Criminal thought reduction
  • Pro-social personality development
Gender specific programming materials
Comments: This program licensed by the Division of Behavioral Health Services Alcohol/Drug Abuse Prevention.

Suicide Prevention Program

Description: Provides training to new correctional officers and annually to seasoned correctional officers, at all units, in order to identify and monitor inmates with prior suicidal histories. Provides care and treatment to the inmate population especially those in segregation status. Assist inmates in coping with incarceration more appropriately.
Capacity: Open to staff and inmates
Impact: System wide
Requirements: A prior history of suicidal behavior
Placed on segregation status
Experiencing a mental health crisis
Staff: ADC staff
  • Intake screening/appraisal
  • Referrals by ADC staff
  • Routine contact by Mental Health
  • Management of at Risk Behavior
  • Consultation with ADC staff

Vocational Education Program

Description: Job skills training programs developed and managed by Riverside Vo-Tech and funded through the Department of Workforce Education. Welding Program at Varner Vo-Tech
Capacity: Approximately 695 males.
Approximately 147 females.
Impact: East Arkansas Regional
McPherson Unit
Ouachita River Correctional
Tucker Unit
Varner Unit
Wrightsville (ACI Coop Programs)
Requirements: Completion of 60 day initial assignment
Security status appropriate for assignment
Have 13 months remaining for TE date and no more than 48
No disciplinaries within 60 days of application to Vo-Tech, No life sentence
Meets requirements of Riverside VoTech
Class II
Staff: ADC Staff
  • Automotive Body Repair
  • Automotive Mechanics
  • Building / Grounds Maintenance
  • Cabinet Making
  • Combination Welding
  • Computerized Accounting
  • Computer Repair
  • Cosmetology
  • Drafting Technology
  • Farm / Diesel Mechanics
  • Food Service Technology
  • Heating, Ventilation, A/C
  • Horticulture
  • Office Technology
  • Plumbing
  • Residential Carpentry
  • Residential Electricity
  • Small Engine Repair
  • Digital Imaging (Coop)
  • Furnitire Repair (Coop)
  • Graphic Arts (Coop)
  • Upholstery (Coop)

Workforce Alliance for Growth in the Economy (WAGETM)

Description: WAGETM is a work readiness program administered by the Adult Education Division of the Arkansas Department of Career Education. The program is designed to ensure that unemployed and underemployed Arkansas have the skills necessary to be successful in the workplace. WAGETM includes 112 basic skills competencies based on the Secretary's Commission on Achieving Necessary Skills (SCANS) which have been determined as essential by the nation's and Arkansas' employers.


Work Program

Description: Participants learn technical and work skills that are transferable to outside labor markets. These job assignments instill both work/employment skills, as well as, work ethics.
Capacity: Open to all eligible inmates
Impact: Approximately 4000 individuals annually system wide
Requirements: Completion of 60 day initial assignment
Security status appropriate for assignment
Staff: Various ADC staff
  • Construction
  • Boiler operation
  • Electrical, plumbing, heating and air
  • Computer operation
  • Waste water treatment
  • Laundry
  • Food services
  • Building maintenance
  • Clerical
  • Landscaping and groundskeeping

Work Release Program

Description: One of the best rehabilitative programs utilized to provide both structure and supervision in a real-life setting. Inmates are found various community jobs to increase, both job skills and work role experience, while allowing for support of family and financial training prior to release. ADC Work Release Program
Benton 305
Mississippi County 121
Northwest Arkansas 42
Pine Bluff Unit 120
Texarkana Regional 87
Hawkins 29
Impact: ADC/State of Arkansas Communities, Inmates assist ADC by reimbursement for room and board
Requirements: Within 30 months of release date, No major disciplinaries 3 months prior to application, Medical class commensurate to expected work
Non-eligibility Requirements:
  • Convicted for Capital or 1st Degree Murder
  • Kidnapping
  • Two or more aggravated robberies
  • Any Sex Offense
  • No life sentence
  • No death sentence
  • No attempted escape charges
  • No detainers filed
Subprograms: Varies per community job assigned

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Description: GED classes are offered at all units and the Board of Correction mandates attendance for all inmates without a GED or high school diploma unless they are unable to participate due to health reasons. Arkansas is transitioning to computer-based testing (CBT) for the GED test. The Correctional Education Association (CEA) accredits schools at the (11) units large enough to have a principal. 

The American Correction Association recognizes and accepts the CEA accreditation in concert with ACA accreditation. All ADC schools have computer labs and incorporate computer-based instruction into the adult education curriculum. The Arkansas Department of Education licenses all instructors, and all have had additional training in adult education. Arkansas Correctional School (ACS) provides education services to all populations within the ADC, including mental health, maximum security, and administrative segregation. In addition, the schools utilize technology, such as Smart Boards and calculators, in classroom instruction.

Habilitation Program

Description: Provides housing, work supervision and treatment for the cognitively impaired/challenged inmates. Basic living quarters to include a protected and structured environment for inmates with developmental disabilities. Coping skills are taught for transition back into the general population, while referrals to appropriate community resources are made upon release.
Capacity: Approximately 36 inmates annually
Impact: Tucker Unit
Requirements: Diagnosis of mental retardation and/or borderline intellectual functioning in conjunction with ADC adaptive qualities and/or impairments.
Staff: Mental Health
Program Components:
  • Screening and assessment including intellectual functioning, adaptive qualities, and skills assessment.
  • Counseling/training in daily living skills
  • Work programs (on unit)
  • Tutorial programs for literacy Aftercare monitoring

HIV & TB Programs

Description: Prevention, tracking, case management, counseling, treatment review, research, and quality assurance for Human Immuno-Deficiency Virus and Tuberculosis Bacilli Infections.
Capacity: Involves all staff and inmates to varying degrees. (See requirements below)
Impact: System wide
Requirements: TB: Pre and post test annually for both inmates and staff.
HIV: Open to all: Training for staff, screening for inmates.
Staff: Medical Staff
  • Tuberculosis screening and education for all new employees and new Commitments;
  • Annual tuberculosis screening for new employees;
  • Counseling inmates testing positive for HIV;
  • Monitoring medication delivery and compliance of inmates being treated prophylactically for tuberculosis; and,
  • Monitoring chest clinic for inmates being treated for active disease.

Hobby Craft Program

Description: Inmates are able to produce leather goods, wooden and cloth artifacts. Artwork for sale or gifts to family and friends. Provides training in the art and skill of design.
Cummins 112 Diagnostic 65
Pine Bluff Unit 35 Wrightsville 39
North Central Unit 70 Tucker 80
East Arkansas Reg. 35 Delta 74
Varner Unit 100 JCJ/CF 65
McPherson 51    
Impact: System wide
Requirements: Class I classification status, Approval of unit administration, Opening availability
Staff: Unit Hobby Craft Officer
  • Leather craft
  • String art and macramé
  • Oil and watercolor painting
  • Drawing
  • Stuffed animals
  • Wood working and decoupage


Description: Production of industrial products and follow-up services are provided for tax supported and non-profit agencies.
Capacity: Approximately 450 male and 43 female inmates
Impact: Wrightsville
Requirements: Completion of 60 day initial job assignment, Assignment by classification committee
Staff: ADC Industry personnel
  • Furniture maufacturing
  • Data Entry
  • Recreation equipment
  • Vinyl Products
  • Furniture Refurbishing
  • Metal Fabrication
  • Garment and Case Goods
  • Graphic Arts and Printing
  • Vehicle and equipment refurbishing
  • Silk screening signs
  • Upholstery
  • Janitorial Products (liquid and powder)
Comments: Inmates develop a work ethic while at the same time learning a marketable skill for when they get out. ACI Certificates of Achievement are given upon completion of mastering specific job skills in specific areas.
Arkansas Correctional Industries
Graphic Arts Program
at Wrightsville
Garment Factory at
Furniture Plant at
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Inmate Panel

Description: Inmates who have good insight into their path into trouble who are willing to share their experiences with groups of children, adolescents, and adults.
Capacity: Limited to certain units, about 20 inmates.
Impact: Hundreds of free-world individuals, usually school and church groups.
  • Participating inmates selected by staff.
  • Approved by Warden.
  • Approval of requesting church, school, etc.
  • Availability of transport.
  • Availability of Security escorts.
Staff: Available staff: i.e., Treatment Coordinator, SATP staff, and security assist.
Subprograms: Drug and alcohol. Children at risk.
Comments: Dynamic presentations have been given, both to groups visiting the ADC facilities and outside that have received praise from educators, pastors, mental health professionals, and parents. Presentations also influence the inmates to walk the walk, or follow their own advice.

InnerChange Freedom Initiative Program

Description: A voluntary faith-based pre-release program open to inmates of any (or no) religious affiliation offered by the InnerChange Freedom Initiative. Covering 18-24 months prior to release and 12 months of reintegration assistant in the community after release.
Capacity: 200 male and 50 female inmates
Impact: Tucker and Wrightsville Units
Staff: Volunteers of InnerChange Freedom Initiative (IFI) and IFI staff.
  • Prison Ministry
  • Basic Life Computer Skills
  • Advance Information Technology Training
  • Application of Knowledge and Skills in Marketplace
  • Support Groups
  • Mentoring
Comments: Initial orientation of inmates began in March 2006, with the formal Program to begin on April 3, 2006 at the Tucker Unit. Projected To begin at the Wrightsville Unit in June 2006.
Contact: IFI-Men: 501-897-0764
IFI-Women: 501-897-0661.


Description: Chapters of the community service organization chartered from the national organization.
Capacity: Available at the Warden’s discretion, typically replaces an inmate council.East Arkansas Regional Unit.
Impact: East Arkansas Regional 35
Requirements: Volunteer, Ages 21 to 39, Must have 20+ members to charter.
Staff: Staff member volunteers to sponsor. Support from national, state and local officers.
  • Fund raising activities
  • Contribution to community projects
  • Purchase items to benefit inmate population
  • Speak-up, spark plug and other personal and social development activities
  • Sponsor self-improvement courses such as Positive Mental Attitude
  • Leadership programs
  • Public Speaking
  • Time Management
Comments: Access to self-improvement. Engaging in pro-social activities. Linkages with the community. Some individuals participate only in the banquets, usually about 1/4th membership is committed to working on projects. These programs are inmate initiated.


Description: Provides access for expanding knowledge and self-improvement via collections of reference materials and periodicals involving various media, i.e., hard cover, paper, electronic.
Inmate Law Library
Capacity: Open to eligible inmates
Impact: All units except work-release
Requirements: Not on lockdown status
Staff: ADC Librarian, Library Technicians
  • Inter-library loan
  • Reference materials
  • Recreational reading
  • Periodicals/magazines
  • Library cart to lockdown areas
Comments: Administration segregated inmates have access to educational materials via library cart.

Medical Services

Description: Provide routine medical, specialized clinics and dental services, including both patient educational and rehabilitative services.
Capacity: Open to all inmates
Impact: ADC System wide
Requirements: Meet protocol for treatment,Urgency of need
Staff: Medical and dental contract staff, ADC administrative and security staff
  • Ambulatory and inpatient surgery
  • Renal Dialysis
  • Neurology/Neurosurgery
  • Dermatology
  • ENT/Audiology
  • Optometry/Opthalmology
  • Infectious Disease; HIV, TB, STD
  • Prosthetics/Orthotics
  • Physical Therapy/Rehabilitation service
  • Spinal Cord Program
  • Chronic Care Clinics

Mental Health Services

Description: Provides services to mentally ill and/or mentally disabled inmates to include: crisis prevention/intervention, residential programs, outpatient services, medication management, individual and group therapy services.
Capacity: Open to all inmates
Impact: Approximately 3,500 inmates annually system wide
Staff: Mental Health
Subcomponents: Individual counseling
Group services including:
  • Positive Mental Attitude
  • Anger Management
  • Stress Management
  • Interpersonal Relationships
  • Parenting Skills
  • Communication Skills
  • Substance Abuse Education (SAE)
  • Thinking Errors
  • Crisis Prevention/Intervention
  • Management of Suicidal Self-Injurious Behavior
  • Pre-Release Programming
  • Domestic Violence (Men)
  • Victims of Domestic Violence (Women)
Comments: Services are offered to the general population that address anger control, criminal behavior and criminal thinking in an effort to reduce recidivism and decrease criminal behavior.

Ouachita River Correctional Unit Intake Services

Description: Provides an introduction to the Department of Correction. Program plans are developed that provide for best matching of an Individual’s needs available by the Department's resources, to include but not limited to medical, mental health, educational, orientation.
Capacity: ORCU, McPherson and East Arkansas Regional units
Impact: System wide
Requirements: No sentence of death
Newly committed
Parole revoked
Intake counselors
Intake mental health
Intake medical
Correctional officers
  • Physical Examination
  • Psychological Examination
  • Educational Evaluation
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Counseling and Orientation
  • Sex Offender Assessment
  • Medical Classification
  • Boot Camp Screening
  • Psychiatric Evaluations
  • Habilitation Referral

Preparing for Success

Description: Attempts to ease the transition of inmates into the community and enhances the probability of their success through proper preparation for a successful return to the community.
Capacity: Approximately 720 in a calendar year
Impact: Tucker Unit, Delta Regional Unit, Wrightsville Unit, North Central Unit
Requirements: Inmate must be within 120 days of release, Appropriate security status classification
Staff: Unit pre-release counselors
  • Employment Preparation
  • Financial Planning
  • Communication Skills
  • Acceptance of Parole Supervision
  • Substance Abuse Education
  • Anger Management
  • Counseling

Principles and Applications For Life (P.A.L. Program)


The PAL Program (Principles and Applications for Life) includes worship services, religious materials, and counseling services, to all inmates within the ADC, by community involvement of outside representation.

The PAL (Principles & Application for Life) program operates at all ADC facilities except for the  Work Release Centers and offers a residential program. PAL covers Principles for Daily Living, Character Qualities, Commands to Live By, Uprooting Anger and other curriculum designed to incorporate abiding change into how to approach everyday decisions and life, financial affairs, becoming a leader/servant in your home, community, church, parenting, etc.

Capacity: Open
Impact: Available at some units
Requirements: Appropriate behavior and conduct
Staff: ADC Religious Staff and Volunteers
Subprograms: None

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Act 309

Description: Contracts throughout the state of Arkansas for housing and supervision of ADC inmates in county and city jails.
Capacity: Approximately 336 males or females
Requirements: Completion of 6 months in prison request by county sheriff

Exclusions: Inmates convicted of capital murder, first degree murder, sexual offense, or who have attempted escape, or are serving a life sentence or were given the death penalty.
Staff: Central office: 309 Division
Comments: Increases the number of prison beds, reduces cost of incarceration, assists sheriffs with manpower while saving local dollars. Places some inmates closer to their families and heightens public relations with the counties.

Advanced PAL (APAL)

Description: There is an Advanced PAL (APAL) program at Hawkins for Women that replaced the IFI program when Prison Fellowship discontinued it due to budget cuts. Advanced PAL is an 18 month pre-release program that combines pre-release with the PAL program. APAL will be expanded to the Ester Unit in 2017.


Description: Allows inmates to be trained in work habits and allows them to develop marketable skills in the areas of: farming, animal husbandry, vegetable, meat, and milk processing
Capacity: Approximately 260 Trusties
Impact: Approximately 2113 inmates annually
Requirements: Completion of 60 day initial assignment and trusty status
Staff: ADC staff
  • Maint. & repair of farm equip.
  • Irrigation management
  • Horse trainer
  • Swine operation
  • Poultry operation
  • Butcher
  • Horse production
  • Rice production
  • Soybean production
  • Vegetable production
  • Vegetable processing
  • Livestock feed manufacturing
  • Distribution
  • Fruit and nut production
  • Heavy equipment operation
  • Laser aided land forming
  • Furrier
  • Dairy operation
  • Milk processing
  • Meat processing
  • Beef cattle production
  • Green house production
  • Horticulture
  • Cotton production
  • Wheat production
  • Hay production
  • Grain storage & drying
  • Const. & maint. (bldg)
  • Aquaculture
  • Aviary
  • Pecan production
ADC Agriculture Program
Egg Production
Cummins Unit
Cattle Herding
Cummins Unit
Cattle Tagging
Cummins Unit
Gardening Brocolli
Cummins Unit
Vegetable Processing
Varner Unit

Alcoholics Anonymous, Cocaine Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous

Description: Large parts of the programs are based on volunteers. Additionally, volunteers provide a communication channel with the community and help develop a support network for release. These programs operate at a minimal cost to the state and the facility, bring in positive and salient role models, provide linkages to the community. They generally take place after hours and do not disrupt facility operations.
Capacity: Open
Impact: 2,000 + individuals per month. Events put on by volunteers tend to attract high inmate participation and interest.
Requirements: Volunteer
Staff: Volunteer Coordinator
  • Alcoholic Anonymous
  • Cocaine Anonymous
  • Narcotics Anonymous
Comments: Large parts of the Religious services and Substance Abuse programs are based on volunteers. Additionally, volunteers provide a communication channel with the community, and helps develop a support network for release. Operates at a minimal cost to the state and the facility. Brings in positive and salient role models. Provides for linkages to the community. Generally takes place after hours and does not disrupt facility operations.


Braille and Large Print Program

Description: Transcription of English textbooks into Braille for Arkansas’s School For The Blind and enlarging print of books for legally blind individuals across the State of Arkansas.
Capacity: 15 Inmates annually
Impact: Wrightsville Unit
  • 5 – 8 years left on sentence
  • GED or High School Diploma
  • 6 months Disciplinary free
  • Class I-C status
  • Demonstrates ability to learn, through self motivation, and work with limited supervision.
Staff: ADC staff





Chaplaincy Services offers a variety of denominational/sectarian studies for various faith groups, correspondence studies, free world services held by volunteers, as well as Scripture/Language studies on various topics, special groups such as Kairos, Men's Fraternity, RETO (Spanish ministry for Hispanic residents at Tucker), READ, Celebrate Recovery, Anger Resolution, Angel Tree (provides gifts to inmate children at Christmas), Christian Motorcycle Association, Character First, Sign Language, and other programs.

Chaplaincy Services is also involved in offering higher education opportunities for inmates at Ouachita River Unit and East Arkansas Regional Unit through partnership with Central Arkansas Baptist Bible Institute. Likewise Inc. is another higher education option being piloted at Tucker Unit wherein an inmate may pursue Associate's Degrees in Humanities and Entrepreneurship.

College Program

Description: College courses are supported to provide inmates with an opportunity to obtain a college degree (an Associate of Arts Degree and higher) from a higher education institution.

(subject to change at the discretion of the college/university)

  • Second Chance Pell Grant Pilot Program: 150 through ASU-Newport and 150 through Shorter College
  • Likewise College: 100
  • Central Arkansas Baptist Institue (CABBI): 50
  • Self-pay - At the discretion of the college/university
Available Units: Off campus on unit class enrollment
  • Grimes (ASU-Newport)
  • McPherson (ASU-Newport)
  • Quachita River (Shorter College and CABBI)
  • Tucker (Likewise)
  • Wrightsville Complex (Shorter College)
  • Pine Bluff Complex (Shorter College)

Correspondence on unit enrollment:


All units

Eligibility requirements are set by the college/university

Staff: ADC/Vo-Tech Program staff, college/university staff
Subprograms: Varies with semester
Comments: College courses have to be provided with ADC facilities for several years at a minimal cost to the state. College courses aid in developing a work ethic among participating inmates, which is essential to successful re-entry.

Construction and Maintenance

Description: Teaches and/or maintains construction and maintenance skills through on-the-job training. Used in conjunction as an apprenticeship with Vo-Tech.
Capacity: Approximately 500 inmates daily system wide
Impact: Approximately 1011 annually
Requirements: Completion of 60 day initial assignment, Appropriate security status, Ability to learn a skill
Staff: ADC staff
Subprograms: Carpentry, Masonry, Heating and air conditioning, Plumbing, Welding, Electrical, Heavy equipment operator, Concrete finisher, Painter, Roofer
ADC Construction and Maintenance Program
Construction of Super Max
at Varner Unit
Construction of Super Max
at Varner Unit

Disciplinary Court

Description: Internal justice system for trying and punishing violations of rules and regulations of the Arkansas Department of Correction.
Capacity: Open
Impact: 7,579 inmates; 18,426 Disciplinary Reports in calendar 2005
Requirements: All inmates are covered.
Staff: 4
  • Disciplinary Hearing
  • Counsel Substitute
  • Mental Health Assessment
  • Minor Disciplinaries
Comments: Promotes individual responsibility and accountability for actions through a range of sanctions matched to seriousness of offense. Provides rational rules and consistent enforcement which has been missing in the background of many offenders. Increased isolation space will ensure that sentences from disciplinary court are served. Almost all facilities are now videoconferencing.

Food Services

Description: Meal preparation for inmates and staff of the Department
Capacity: Approximately 255, on average, inmates daily work in the program
Impact: Approximately 13,000 meals prepared daily for a year
Requirements: Classification approval
Staff: ADC Food Production Personnel
  • Food preparation
  • Baking
  • Grill Cooking
  • Dishwashing
  • Serving line
  • Steam table operation
  • Safety and sanitation

View the listing of all Inmate Programs.

Administrative Regulations

Number Title
AR 216 Accepting Gifts - Grants and Donations
AR 804 Access to Inmate Records
AR 001 Administrative regulations, Directives and Memoranda
AR 101 Allotment of Appropriations and Budget Preparation
AR 114 Arkansas Correctional Industries
AR 890 Arkansas DOC Jail Facilities
AR 105 Audits
AR 002 Authority of Unit Wardens Center Supervisors  
AR 222 Bachelor Officer Quarters
AR 888 Boot Camp Program
AR 883 Chaplaincy Services
AR 802 Classification of Offenders
AR 107 Conflicts of Interest
AR 851 Continuity of Care
AR 830 Corporal Punishment
AR 017 Critical Incident Review
AR 831   Disciplinary Rules and Regulations
AR 832 Discrimination and Racial Issues
AR 891 DNA Testing
AR 006 Document and Report Procedure
AR 202 Drug-Free Workplace
AR 500 Educational Services
AR 1317 Electronic Monitoring
AR 1315 Emergency Powers Act
AR 1316 Emergency Powers Act - County Jail Backlog
AR 020 Emergency Preparedness
AR 225 Employee Conduct Standards
AR 229 Employee Grievance Procedure
AR 406 Employee Identification Cards
AR 204 Employment Policy
AR 228 Equal Employment Opportunity
AR 1305 Executive Clemency Pardons etc
AR 113 Farm Produced Commodities
AR 112 Farming and Livestock Activities
AR 100 Fiscal and Accounting Operations
AR 600 Food Service
AR 814 Funds - Clothing for released Offenders
AR 109 Funds of Offenders
AR 835 Grievance Procedure for Offenders
AR 833 Health Services
AR 213 Hunting and Fishing Privileges
AR 102-A Industry Program Procedures
AR 103 Inmate Commissaries
AR 860 Inmate Correspondence
AR 810 Inmate Emergency Medical Expenses Incurred in CJ
AR 876 Inmate Emergency Work Assignments During Disasters
AR 1201 Inmate Labor by Contractual Agreement or Volunteer Services
AR 825 Inmate Name Changes for Religious Purposes
AR 841 Inmate Property Control
AR 1212 Inmates Housed in County Jails and City Jails- Act 309
AR 003 Inspection Tours by Wardens Center Supervisors
AR 014 Internal Affairs and Investigations
AR 007 Legislative Liaison and or Inquiries
AR 893 Medical Co-Pay
AR 826 Meritorious Good Time
AR 011 News Media Interviews and Correspondence
AR 850 Offenders with An Incurable Illness or Permanently Incapacitated
AR 209 Part-Time Employment
AR 840 Personal Cleanliness and Grooming for Offenders
AR 211 Physical Attacks on State Employees
AR 115 PIE
AR 018 Post Orders
AR 829 Prenatal Care of Pregnant Inmates or Residents
AR 1210 Pre-Release Program
AR 413 Prison Rape Elimination Act - PREA
AR 834 Procedure for Handling Alleged Disciplinary Infractions by Mentally Disordered Inmates
AR 118 Procurement and Disposition Activities
AR 104 Property Control
AR 019 Processing of Lawsuits
AR 837 Protective Custody
AR 009 Public and Community Relations
AR 864 Publications
AR 839 Punitive Segregation
AR 801 Racial Balance in Inmate Job Assignments
AR 210 Relationships and Transactions with Inmates
AR 005 Reporting of Incidents
AR 854 Research and Experimentation
AR 838 Response to Serious Institutional Disturbances
AR 407 Safety and Sanitation
AR 401 Searches for and Control of Contraband
AR 212 Searches of Employees Living on State Property
AR 400 Security
AR 836 Segregation
AR 803 Sentence Computation and Tracking
AR 226 Sexual Harassment
AR 217 Staff Assignments - Housing and Emoluments
AR 004 Staff Meetings
AR 013 Staff Training
AR 405 State Police Assistance During Escapes - Other Disturbances
AR 402 Storage of Weapons
AR 812 Temporary Release -Meritorious -Emergency Furloughs
AR 224 Tobacco
AR 206 Trading or Trafficking
AR 1301 Transfer Eligibility to Community Correction
AR 404 Transporting Escorting Offenders
AR 108 Travel Regulations
AR 201 Uniformed Personnel
AR 411 Use of Audio Visual Equipment
AR 412 Use of Canine Teams in Aggression and Protection Roles
AR 410 Use of Chemical Agents and Other Non-Lethal Weapons
AR 409 Use of Force
AR 403 Use of Restraints
AR 867 Use of Telephones
AR 865 Visitation
AR 881 Volunteer Services
AR 1200 Work Study Release Program

Inmate Database Download

The Arkansas Department of Corrections Inmate Database will be available for download through the Information Network of Arkansas (INA). The file will be updated and posted each Monday. A $0.10 per record enhanced access fee will be charged.

Sex Offender Registry Database Downloads are also available.

About ADC Information

The Arkansas Department of Correction updates this information regularly to ensure that it is complete and accurate.  Please keep in mind, however, that the information can change quickly and this site may not reflect the true current location, status, release date, or other information regarding an inmate.

This information is made available to the public and law enforcement in the interest of public safety.  Any unauthorized use of this information is forbidden and subject to criminal prosecution.

Contact INA

For questions and technical support, you may contact the Information Network of Arkansas at 877-727-3468 or via e-mail at

Online Technical Support

Inmate Population Information Search

How to Search the Inmate Population Information

Insert data into at least one of the boxes to return search results. To narrow a search, fill in or select as many search fields as possible.  See below for descriptions and examples of the search fields. 

< Inmate Population Information Search

DC Number This is an identification number assigned by the department and is the primary means by which the department identifies offenders.  If you know this number, no other search fields are necessary to complete. Example: John Doe's DC Number is A12345
Last/First Name In the Last/First Name fields, the search will return all matches who names begin with the letters you type.   For example, you may enter "will" and the search will return will, wills, williams, willis and so forth.  This makes searching by name easier if you don't the correct spelling.
Gender You may select Male or Female if you want to narrow the search by gender. If you do not know an inmate's gender, choose Both or leave blank to return both genders.
Race You may search by a specific race if desired.  The default is All.
County You may search by a specific county if desired.  The default is All.
Facility You may search by a specific facility if desired. The default is All.
Photographs You may search for only inmates who have photos available by checking the "Show Inmates with Photos Only" box.  For faster results, you may also choose to search without photos by checking the "No Photos for Faster Search" box.
Criminal History You may search by specific criminal history if desired.  Offense Descriptions are available in a searchable format if you are unsure which category an offense falls under. The default is All Categories. Remove the checks from their boxes to narrow the search.

Inmate Population Information Search

About ADC Information

The Arkansas Department of Correction updates this information regularly to ensure that it is complete and accurate.  Please keep in mind, however, that the information can change quickly and this site may not reflect the true current location, status, release date, or other information regarding an inmate.

This information is made available to the public and law enforcement in the interest of public safety.  Any unauthorized use of this information is forbidden and subject to criminal prosecution.

< Inmate Population Information Search

Contact ADC

For questions and comments, you may contact the Arkansas Department of Correction at 870-267-6999 or via e-mail at

Training Pictures

Southern Folger Instructor, Mr. Hendron, Teaching Locksmith Class
Southern Folger Instructor, Mr. Hendron, Teaching Locksmith Class

 Fun Pic with the Firearms Instructor Certification Class
 Fun Pic with the Firearms Instructor Certification Class

Group Shot of Firearms Instructors on the Range
Group Shot of Firearms Instructors on the Range

McAllister Teaching
McAllister Teaching

Pressure Point Control Tactics
Pressure Point Control Tactics

Food Safety Group Activity
Food Safety Group Activity

A Graduation
A Graduation

Cadet Physical Fitness
Cadet Physical Fitness

Campbell Teaching
Campbell Teaching

Defensive Driving Classroom
Defensive Driving Classroom

Defensive Driving Exercise
Defensive Driving Exercise

Lt. Davis Supervising Cadet Decontamination
Lt. Davis Supervising Cadet Decontamination

Ribbon Cutting For The New Academy In England, July 2014
Ribbon Cutting For The New Academy In England, July 2014

Leave Programs

For any questions concerning employee benefits please visit the Benefits FAQ page.

Full-time employees accrue annual leave based on years of employment. Employees working less than full-time but more than 1,000 hours per year in a regular salary position accrue annual leave in the same proportion as time worked. Employees working half time would accrue half of the annual leave time noted on the table.

Years of Employment   Monthly Annually 
Through 3 years 1 day 12 days
4 through 5 years 1 day, 2 hours 15 days
6 through 12 years 1 day, 4 hours 18 days
13 through 20 years 1 day, 6 hours 21 days
Over 20 years 1 day, 7 hours 22.5 days

For annual and sick leave calculations 1 day equals 8 hours.

Sick Leave

Full-time employees accrue sick leave at the rate of one day for each complete month of service. Employees working less than full-time but more than 1,000 hours per year in a regular salary position accrue sick leave in the same proportion as time worked.

Holiday Pay

The Arkansas Department of Correction observes the following holidays:

New Years Day January 1
Martin Luther King Third Monday in January
Robert E. Lee’s Birthday Third Monday in January
President’s Day Third Monday in February
Memorial Day Last Monday in May
Independence Day July 4
Labor Day First Monday in September
Veteran’s Day November 11
Thanksgiving Day Fourth Thursday in November
Christmas Eve Day December 24
Christmas Day December 25
Employee’s Birthday Employees are granted one holiday to observe their birthday.

The Governor by Executive Proclamation may proclaim additional days at his/her discretion in observance of special events or for other reasons.

Catastrophic Leave Bank Program

Catastrophic leave is a bank of accrued annual and sick leave voluntarily donated by Department employees, which upon approval may used by employees who meet the catastrophic illness eligibility requirements.

Career Service Recognition

For any questions concerning employee benefits please visit the Benefits FAQ page.

Career Recognition Payments

Payment amounts vary based on years of service and are made on the employee’s anniversary date, which may not be the same as the date of hire. These payments will only be made if funding is available as determined by the Chief Fiscal Officer of the State. Listed below are the amounts and years of service.

 10 years through 14 years  $ 600.00
 15 years through 19 years  $ 700.00
 20 years through 24 years  $ 800.00
 25 years or more  $ 900.00

Employee Benefits FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions: Employment | Training | Employee Benefits | Payroll

Contact Information

Contact: Benefits Specialist 
Phone: 870-850-8546/8467

 When can I sign up for Health Benefits?

When can I cancel my insurance?

How do I sign up for savings bonds?

Call National Bond & Trust Company @ 1-800-321-8024.

What is my APERS contribution rate?

If you are a contributory member, 5% of your earnings are deducted pre-tax. If you are a non-contributory member, nothing is deducted.

What is the difference between a pre-tax deduction and a post-tax deduction?

A pre-tax deduction is deducted from your pay check before taxes and social security deductions are calculated. A post-tax deduction is deducted after taxes and social security deductions have been calculated.

How do I find out when my PE date is?

If you were hired October 2, 2006 or after, your PE date will be your hire date. If you were hired October 1, 2006 or prior your PE date will depend on your MIPS status with the exception of those in a promotional job series. Check with your HR Manager to find out which status you fall under.

How do I sign up for a credit union?

Contact your Human Resources Manager for an application to one of our available credit unions.

How much leave time do I earn a month?

The leave programs are described in detail on the Career Service and Leave Programs page.

When can I exchange my uniforms?

Uniforms may be exchanged anytime during your anniversary month.

Are there any exceptions to when I can exchange my uniform?

Exceptions are only made upon destruction of the uniform while on duty and at no fault of the employee.

Payroll FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions: Employment | Training | Employee Benefits | Payroll

Classification and Compensation is responsible for processing employee personnel actions such as promotions, demotions, transfers, and terminations as well as the processing of biweekly payroll.

Contact Information

Contact: Payroll Technician
Phone: 870-850-8531

When will I receive my paycheck?

Payroll is normally processed the Monday after the two-week payperiod ends. Direct deposits are posted at your financial institution that following Friday.

How can I get a copy of my paycheck stub?

Your Unit Human Resources Manager can instruct you on how to obtain a copy of your remuneration statement (paycheck stub). These can also be viewed and printed using the Employee Self Service (ESS) feature of AASIS.

What is ESS?

ESS (Employee Self Service) is a feature of AASIS where you can view and print your remuneration statements. You will need to know your AASIS personnel number (badge number) and your AASIS User ID (contact your Unit HR office for this information). After you know your User ID you can call the AASIS Help Desk at (501) 683-2255 to set up your password and conduct an initial log on.

How do I access ESS?

You may access the Employee Self Service feature online. A tutorial is available on the ESS as well.

Is direct deposit required?

Act 1887 of 2005 requires all new employees of the State of Arkansas to be paid by electronic direct deposit.

How do I find out my leave balances?

Your Unit Human Resource Manager is the person with access to your leave balances. At this time, leave balances printed on your paycheck stub are incorrect.

Am I eligible for overtime?

Employees whose positions are non-exempt from the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) are eligible for overtime. There are two categories of non-exempt employees:

Non-Exempt, Non-Security employees earn overtime (time and a half) for hours worked in excess of forty (40) hours a week.

Security, Non-Exempt employees (Correctional Officer, Officer First Class, Corporal, and Sergeant) earn straight time (hour for hour) for hours worked from eighty (80) to eighty-six (86) in a two week period. Overtime (time and a half) is earned for all hours worked over eighty-six (86) in a two-week period.

The Overtime Reduction Plan went into effect May 29, 2003. Employees are only allowed to earn overtime when:

How can I change my taxes being withheld?

You can change your filing status at any time by completing a new W-4 form and submitting it to your Human Resource Manager or to Payroll in the Human Resource office.

Training FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions: Employment | Training | Employee Benefits | Payroll

The Training Department provides a 240 hour Basic Correctional Officer Training Course, Management Level Training, Special Certification courses, and Supervisory training.

Contact Information

Contact: Willis H. Sargent Training Academy
Phone: 501-842-8580
Fax Number: 501-842-8591

Where is the Willis H. Sargent Training Academy?

The Willis H. Sargent Training Academy is located at 1500 NE 1st St , England, AR 72046. 
View Directions >

Can I get a copy of my training certificates?

All training is maintained in the employee training data file in eOmis.

How can I find out if I am in an upcoming class?

Unit training officers have access to all current scheduled class rosters.

How do I enroll in a class?

After choosing the class that you would like to attend, you will need to fill out an enrollment form for that particular class. There are four types of enrollment forms: In-Service for classes held by the Training Academy, Criminal Justice Institute (CJI), Inter-Agency (I/A), and Unit Level for classes held at the Unit Level. After completing the form, your supervisor must sign it and then return it to your Unit Trainer.

Management Level Training

For any questions concerning training please visit the Training FAQ page.

Management level training is required for supervisors who supervise at least one employee or more. Employees who are promoted or newly hired to positions with management level responsibilities are required to complete the management level training for their grade.

Management Level I

Management Level I training for Security (Sergeant) or Non-Security (Grades C110-C114) shall consist of the following classes:


*CPR/First Aid/AED is required for security personnel and must be completed at the unit of assignment prior to attending the Management Level I class.  CPR/First Aid/AED is not required for non-security staff. 

Management Level II

Management Level II training for Security (Lieutenant) or Non-Security (Grades C115-C117) shall consist of the required classes for Management Level I, plus the following:


Management Level III

Management Level III training for Security (Captain/Major) or Non-Security (Grade C118-C120) shall consist of the required classes for Management Levels I and II, plus the following:


Management Level IV

Management Level IV training for positions grade C121 and higher (including unclassified positions and those listed in the Professional and Executive pay plans) shall consist of the required classes for Management Level I, II and III, plus the following:


Prison History and Events - Page 2

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The Cummins Unit increased in size by 300 beds with the opening of a new modular unit. Cummins and Tucker received new HVAC systems, retrofitted lighting and other energy efficiency upgrades. The Arkansas Legislature passed Act 570, the Public Safety Improvement Act, which aims to reduce the projected prison population over the next 10 years. The Tucker Unit rededicated the Island of Hope Chapel on May 13 after extensive renovations. The first Coretta Scott King Day was held at the Hawkins Center for Women February 15th.


Larry Norris retired as Director of the Department of Correction after serving in that position since 1993. He was the longest serving director of corrections in the United States at the time of his retirement. Ray Hobbs was named director by the Board of Corrections in June. The Boot Camp Program relocated from the Wrightsville Unit to the Tucker Unit exchanging locations with the IFI program in an effort to maximize usage of existing beds. The Department’s regional maintenance crews began participating in a “gleaning” project to assist the Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance. Upgrades to the state’s secure transaction system began to allow families and friends of inmates to make electronic deposits to inmate accounts via smart phones. The Department provided data to the Justice Mapping Center to assist with the development of a National Atlas of Sentencing and Corrections. Dina Tyler was named assistant director of the new Public Services Division, which includes Research & Planning, Public Information, Policy, Volunteer Services and Library Services.


The Department of Correction opened 200 new beds at the McPherson Unit in August and opened 100 beds of the Special Needs Unit at the Ouachita River Correctional Facility in May. The High School Correctional Program (HSCP) was initiated in partnership with the Department of Workforce Education, the American Correctional Association, and the National Center in Law, Public Safety, Corrections and Security. This nationally recognized certification program for high school and community college students allows certified applicants to enter employment with the ADC as an Officer First Class. The ADC began collecting Driver’s Licenses and other ID’s for sentenced persons to ease the transition back to the community upon release. The Arkansas Escape Alert System was activated in February with an eOMIS interface that allows registered persons to receive notification of any escape and recapture. The development of the Electronic Sex Offender Management of Arkansas (eSOMA) created a real time interface between eOMIS and the ACIC Sex Offender Registry as a solution to sex offender management for the state. The ADC entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with the Old State House Museum to provide ADC artifacts to be included in a display titled “Badges, Bandits and Bars.” In May there was a $29,000,000 bond issue for construction of the McPherson Special needs Unit, the Tucker Wastewater treatment plant and several energy efficiency projects.


ADC's training facility was dedicated as the Willis H. Sargent Training Academy on August 23rd. Sargent served as the first academy administrator and as a warden. Work began on the development of a water use/irrigation system at the Tucker Unit and Maximum Security Unit. The ADC received the coveted Golden Eagle Award. Presented at the American Correctional Association's 137th Annual Congress of Correction conference in August, the award is for those states whose institutions and programs are completely accredited by ACA. In September, the ADC launched a new employee benevolent association: the Arkansas Association of Correctional Employees Trust (AACET). The Information Technology Division began hiring technicians to provide onsite desktop support at each ADC unit and the agency introduced a new entrance monitoring system that will integrate with eOMIS. The system was first tested at the Varner and Delta Regional Units to monitor visitors. A pilot program that has inmates sewing glove liners for firefighters' leather gloves was launched at the Pine Bluff Unit by Arkansas Correctional Industries (ACI). The Varner Unit held a ribbon-cutting ceremony October 2nd for its new mental health building. Patterned after the popular Phenomenal Woman Seminar, ADC held its first Distinguished Gentleman Seminar on October 22nd. Family and friends of inmates were granted the option of pre-paying for inmates' calls using a credit card. Curtis Pittman, an inmate at the Maximum Security Unit, was convicted of three counts of indecent exposure October 24 in Jefferson County District Court. It marked the first time that an inmate faced indecent exposure charges in court. Inmates now face the possibility of having additional time added to their sentences if they are convicted of indecent exposure. The state agreed to purchase the former Jefferson County Jail (JCJ) adjacent to a correctional facility operated by the ADC in Pine Bluff. The 106-bed jail, which opened in 1991, was sold for $3 million and was renamed the Randall L. Williams Correctional Facility, in honor of Randall L. Williams, a former Jefferson County circuit judge who had also served as chairman of the Board of Corrections. For the first time in four years, the ADC had more than 1,000 inmates being housed in county jails due to lack of prison space. AACET hosted the "Roasting of the Director" on February 7th as a fundraiser for the association. The ADC surpassed its $80,000 goal for the 2007 United Way campaign, generating $88,710.02 in pledges and donations. A record 873 inmates earned their GED. The ADC, along with the Department of Community Correction and Arkansas Crime Information Center, offered the public the Arkansas Escape Alert System. It allows citizens living in the vicinity of a ADC unit, or DCC center, for automated notification in the event of an escape. Under an agreement reached in June, the ADC presented dozens of historical artifacts to the Old State House Museum. Roger Ferrell, a Regional Maintenance Lieutenant at the Mississippi County Work Release Center, was named Outstanding State Employee of the Year.


Director Larry Norris was selected Outstanding Director of Corrections for 2006 by the Association of State Correctional Administrators. The Department implemented a new working classification of Deputy Warden. The 200-bed J. Aaron Hawkins, Sr. Center for Women at Wrightsville was dedicated on October 27, 2006. Videoconferencing equipment was installed at Delta Regional, East Arkansas, North Central, Grimes, Central Office and the Administration East Annex. The equipment will help with training and reduce travel time. Inmates in the Riverside Vo-Tech School helped build walls, kitchen cabinets and countertops for a Jefferson County Habitat for Humanity House. The Board of Corrections voted to expand the ADC’s contract with Correctional Medical Services to include providing psychiatric care to inmates. Construction began on an 862-bed addition to the Ouachita River Correctional Unit for inmates with special needs. The Innerchange Freedom Initiative program was dedicated on December 1, 2006 at the Hawkins Center for Women. The faith-based program, which began at the Tucker Unit, is designed to help inmates change their lives and reduce the likelihood of returning to prison. Funded by churches and organizations, construction began on the chapel at the Maximum Security Unit. Soon after a powerful tornado ripped through Dumas on February 24, 2007, staff members from the ADC headed to the community to help. Along with other agencies, they searched for victims and provided security in the area. Inmate work crews helped clear away debris. The ADC announced plans to start its own benevolent-type employee association called Arkansas Association of Correctional Employees Trust (AACET). The state legislature eliminated the Career Ladder Incentive Program, which encouraged employees to develop the skills necessary for effective job performance and become eligible for career advancement within the ADC. A similar program called the Merit Incentive/Promotion System (MIPS) replaced CLIP. Continuing a winning tradition, ADC teams won several top honors during the 2007 Southern State Field Trials. ADC took first place in Single Lease, Pack Dog, Narcotic Detection and Marksmanship. Construction began on the 200-female bed vocational technical and education wing at the McPherson Unit. Act 1692 went into effect. It expands sexual assault in the third degree to include “anyone employed or contracted with or otherwise providing services, supplies or supervision to any agency maintaining custody of inmates, detainees or juveniles.”


Construction began for the planned 200-bed women’s facility at Wrightsville. The prison, adjacent the boot camp, will help accommodate the state’s growing female inmate population. The facility will provide additional treatment space and additional housing for inmates assigned to the Special Needs Program. In May, the center was officially named the J. Aaron Hawkins Center for Women at Wrightsville as a memorial to Pastor J. Aaron Hawkins, who served on the Board of Corrections from April 12, 2000 until January 23, 2006. The center partially opened on May 4, 2006, admitting its first 25 inmates. The population had grown to 98 by the end of the month. In July 2005, the addition of a Mental Health Building opened at the McPherson Unit. This marked a positive step in dealing with mental health problems associated with the female inmate population. The building has offices for mental health staff and areas for confidential counseling and group meetings. A package of legislation to help the Arkansas Department of Correction deal with prison overcrowding and increasing incarceration costs went into effect August 12. The bills were sponsored by Senator Jim Luker and Representative Will Bond. Included in the legislation was a measure that allows methamphetamine offenders serving 70 percent of their sentence to shorten their incarceration through good behavior. The change allows them to earn some good time, but they still must serve as least 50 percent of their original sentence. The change only affects offenders whose crime occurred after the law went into effect. Another new law allows inmates to earn 90 days good time for successful completion of drug treatment, GED education or vocational education. The Arkansas Department of Correction hosted the National Major Gang Task Force 11th Annual Training Conference in Little Rock on September 11-14. James Gibson, ADC Internal Affairs Administrator, served as the organization’s president. The NMGTF provides leadership and information within the criminal justice system to minimize the effects of security threat groups, gangs, and terrorists is prisons, jails, and communities. The Arkansas State Employees Association named Roy Agee, intake supervisor at the Diagnostic Unit, Outstanding State Employee of the Year on August 5 in Hot Springs. After Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast on August 29, the ADC staff, employee associations and employees of Correctional Medical Services helped out with a variety of relief efforts including donations, fundraisers, and volunteering at local shelters. In addition to donating to the Red Cross and other relief efforts, ADC and CMS employees provided more than $23,000 to relief efforts for correctional officers in Louisiana and Mississippi. A new factory that is part of the Prison Industry Enhancement (PIE) Program began operating at the McPherson Unit. PIE programs create partnerships between private sector employers and detention facilities to help inmates receive job training and employment experience that will help them transition back into society. Actronix, Inc. was awarded the Department’s first PIE contract. It is an Arkansas-based company that manufactures cable assemblies, and harnesses for the technology Industry. Inmates who qualify for the program are paid by the company and must send money to those they are supporting, donate to a crime victims’ fund, and save some money. On November 9, 2005, the Arkansas Board of Corrections approved $40 million in bond money to fund an 862-bed special needs facility at the Ouachita River Correction Unit. The revenue bonds will be issued through the Arkansas Development Finance Authority. The Special Needs Unit (SNU) will be constructed in three phases, all utilizing inmate labor. When completed, the facility will house the Department’s special inmate populations including geriatrics, mental health, chronically ill, and disabled inmates. In February 2006, Wendy Kelley joined ADC as the new Deputy Director for Health and Correctional Programs. She previously served as a Deputy Attorney General for the State of Arkansas. During her 14-year tenure with the AG’s office, Kelley often represented the Department in court proceedings, and she most recently represented the ADC in agreement with the United States Justice Department concerning continued improvements at the Newport Complex. She replaced Dr. Max Mobley, who retired in January after nearly 30 years with the agency. ADC teams won top honors at the 2006 Southern States Manhunt Field Trials on March 20-24 at Camp Robinson in North Little Rock. Some of those awards included first place -Tucker Unit Single Lease and first place - EARU - Multiple Lease and first place - Cummins Unit-Pack Dogs. The Department swept the team marksmanship competition and the pack-dog competition. The Cummins pack won first place, the Tucker Unit took second, and East Arkansas Regional earned third. K9 Max, a bloodhound whose home is the Diagnostic Unit, was named “Best Looking Canine.” The event drew 60 teams from six southern states. June 1, 2006, marked the dedication of the new Inner-Change Freedom Initiative (IFI) at the Tucker Unit. IFI is a voluntary program aimed at morally transforming in mates and helping them develop life skills needed for a successful re-entry to society. The faith-based program is funded mostly by churches. At the program’s kick off, Governor Mike Huckabee delivered the key note address. "I'm thrilled about being able to get the Inner-Change Program here," the Governor said. "It's a wonderful thing. It's a program that is funded privately, and it's of great benefit to the state.”


In FY2005, $3 medical co-pay went into effect in an effort to reduce the number of frivolous sick-call visits and give medical staff more time to spend with those who are truly ill. More than $39 million was approved during the 2005 legislation session to build a 850-bed Specials Needs Unit at the Ouachita River Correctional Unit in Malvern. Legislators also made the smuggling of a cell phone into a prison a Class B felony and expanded the customer base for Arkansas Correctional Industries. Employees of state agencies and institutions may purchase goods produced by ACI. New legislation also provided extra good time for inmates who earn a GED, complete drug treatment or receive a Vo-Tech training certificate. Inmates convicted of meth crimes after August 12, 2005 and sentenced under the 70 percent law will be allowed to earn good time, but not as much as other drug offenders. Lawmakers also approved a cost of living adjustment for employees for each year of the biennium and changed the name of the Post Prison Transfer Board to The Board of Parole. Construction of a factory got underway at the McPherson Unit for use by a private manufacturing company. Under the new private sector Prison Industry Enhancement Certification Program, the company has contracted with the ADC and will employ inmates at the facility. The Board of Corrections voted to establish The Inner-Change Freedom Initiative, a voluntary faith-based pre and post release program that is funded by private contributions. ADC continued to see growth in its prison population, especially women. In August 2004, the number of female inmates backed up in county jails reached 200, setting a new record. An additional 316 beds, Phase II, opened at the Ouachita River Correctional Unit in December 2004. That unit, which opened its first 316 beds in August 2003, is set to have 948 beds when completed in 2005. The Department also planned a 200-bed women’s barrack at Wrightsville. In March 2005, the State Board of Corrections approved an Internet banking system that provides another way for friends and families of Arkansas inmates to put funds on their ADC account.


During FY2004, Phase I of the Ouachita River Correctional Unit, with 316 beds, opened at Malvern. In Phases II and III, an additional 632 beds will be added to the medium-security men’s prison, expected to be completed in 2005. On Jan. 6, convicted murder Charles Singleton was executed by lethal injection at the Cummins Unit for the 1979 death of a Hamburg grocer. He had spent 24 years on death row. The Department received a $3.8 million loan from the Arkansas Development Finance Authority to assist in building new processing plants at its prison farm and to restructure an existing loan. Plans called for using $2 million of the loan to build a new milk processing plant and a meat processing and cold storage facility at the Cummins Unit. The remaining $1.8 million was to be used to restructure a loan the department took out in 1999 to pay for numerous projects. In June 2004, legislators approved funding for a new 200-bed women’s unit at Wrightsville. Legislators first approved the project in 1999 but plans were halted in November 2001 because of budget reductions.


In FY2003, ADC spent approximately $44.11 per day to house each inmate – almost a 4 percent increase over the previous ear. On July 1, 2002, the Department assumed management of the Grimes and McPherson units that had been privately managed by Wackenhut Corrections Corporation. Since opening in January 1998. Convicted murderer Riley Dobi Noel was executed July 9 by lethal injection at the Cummins Unit. The inmate population set a record high when it reached 13,099 in November 2002. More than 1,200 of the inmates were backed up in the county jails due to a lack of prison space. In December, Cummins became the first Arkansas prison to be in continuous operation for 100 years. Cummins received its first inmates by riverboat on Dec. 13, 1902. A century later, it houses nearly 1,800 inmates and is the department’s largest and oldest prison.


Faced with the state’s first budget cuts in 14 years, the ADC trimmed more than $22 million from its operating budget. The 11percent reduction in funding forced a six-month delay in opening the first phase of the new unit being constructed at Malvern and delayed opening 200 beds of the Grimes Unit expansion. Construction for 200 beds for female inmates, was planned at the Wrightsville Unit, but put on hold due to the funding shortfall. More than $1.2 million was paid out to ADC employees in bonuses through the Career Ladder Incentive Program during FY2002 and 451 employees received CLIP promotions. After added emphasis was placed on recruitment and retention, turnover of entry-level correctional officers fell from 42 percent to 37.2 percent.


In August, the name of the Board of Correction and Community Punishment was changed to the Board of Corrections, to reflect the name change of the Department of Community Punishment to the Department of Community Correction. After three and a half years of managing the Grimes and McPherson Units, Wackenhut Corrections Corporation chose not to seek a contract renewal. The ADC assumed management of the facilities in July. Clay King Smith, sentenced to death in Jefferson County on five counts of capital murder, was executed by lethal injection May 8. The rate at which county jails are paid to house state inmates was increased from $25 a day to $28 by the Board of Corrections. To partially fund the increase, the reimbursement rate for Act 309 inmates was trimmed from $25 a day to $15. Kelly Pace was appointed to the Board of Corrections by Governor Mike Huckabee. For the first time, the three units at the Pine Bluff Complex were placed under the supervision of one warden. Institutional Parole Services was transferred from the Department of Correction to the Department of Community Correction. Gate money was increased from $50 to $100 by the Board of Corrections. An inmate search engine was added to the Department’s website, allowing internet visitors to view information and pictures of any ADC inmates. The agency’s Construction and Maintenance Division was named “Best in the Business” by the Association of State Correctional Administrators.


The Board of Correction and Community Punishment chose a 400-acre site in Malvern as the location of a medium security prison for males. Originally slated for 760 beds, the facility’s size was increased to 948 beds. Several sections housed in the Central Office, located on Princeton Pike in Pine Bluff, were relocated to the old Brandon House building on East Harding Avenue. The building was renamed the Administration Annex East, and it became the new home of Human Resources and Information Systems. As part of a new 20-year lease agreement with the county, the ADC began major renovations at the Mississippi Work Release Center. The first 156 beds at the Varner Supermax opened. The housing area is the first of its kind in Arkansas, and a federal grant provided 90% of the construction costs. After 20 years in the old Barnes School building, the Training Academy moved next door to the Maximum Security and Tucker Units. In January, the ADC went tobacco-free for staff and inmates. All tobacco products were banned. Citing health and safety concerns, the BCCP implemented the ban after a one-year waiting period. The ban applies to buildings, areas inside perimeter fences and ADC vehicles. Construction of Arkansas’s first lethal electrified fence was completed at the Cummins Unit. The fence, which carries a current of 5,000 volts, was erected using inmate labor. Christina Riggs, convicted of killing her two children, was executed by lethal injection May 2, becoming the first female to be put to death by the State of Arkansas. David Dewayne Johnson was executed by lethal injection December 19. Dr. Mary Parker was selected as the new chair of the Board of Correction and Community Punishment, which also received two new members. Pastor J. Aaron Hawkins of Fayetteville and Bill Ferren of Pine Bluff were appointed to the board by Governor Huckabee. At the Tucker Unit, Department’s last 100-man barracks was to be split into two smaller barracks. As part of its strategic plan and in preparation of performance based budgeting, the ADC developed a new Mission Statement, Guiding Principles and Core Values. Sixty correctional officers were sworn in as certified peace officers, bringing the agency’s total to approximately 100. The Constituent Services Office was created to enhance communication with the family and friends of inmates.


The ADC and the Arkansas Crime Information Center activated the statewide VINE (Victim Information and Notification Everyday) system. Construction began in September on a 468-bed addition at the Varner Unit, which will be the State’s first Supermax facility. The janitorial products factory opened in September at the Delta Regional Unit. To keep its population from falling below 50,000, the City of Pine Bluff planned to annex the Pine Bluff Complex and its 1,400 inmates. In February, 36 correctional officers were sworn in as certified law enforcement officers, the first ADC class to complete the training. Officer James D. Cannon was seriously injured in an attack by an inmate at the Maximum Security Unit. Johnie Michael Cox and Marion Pruett, were both executed by lethal injection on February 16 and April 12, respectively. Alan Willett and Mark Edward Gardner were executed by lethal injection September 8. Governor Mike Huckabee’s commutation of Bobby Ray Fretwell’s death sentence was the first for a death row inmate since December 1970. Governor Huckabee appointed Benny Magness and Drew Baker to the Board of Correction and Community Punishment. Legislation from the 1999 General Assembly placed responsibility for assessing sex offenders with the ADC and required Legislative Council and Board of Correction and Community Punishment review and approval prior to construction of any private correctional facility to house ADC, out of State or Federal inmates.


The Department of Correction began paying wages owed for past compensatory time and overtime earned by correctional officers, with nearly $7.2 million paid to more than 2,000 officers by the end of the fiscal year. The State’s first privately managed prisons, both 600-bed facilities named for correctional officers killed in the line of duty, opened at Newport in January. The Grimes Unit houses youthful male offenders and the McPherson Unit holds female inmates. An expansion at the East Arkansas Regional Unit added 200 medium and 216 maximum beds. The Boot Camp was named “Best of the Best” by the American Correctional Association. The Board of Correction and Community Punishment adopted a grooming policy requiring inmates to have short haircuts and no beards. Collection of DNA samples began for inmates convicted of violent or sexual offenses after a new State law went into effect in August. Wilburn Henderson was executed by lethal injection July 8. Preparations began for the State’s first lethal electrified fence, which was erected at the Cummins Unit. After raising more than $185,000 in donations, a new chapel opened at the East Arkansas Regional Unit. A new school building opened at the Delta Unit in May. A GED graduation record was set when 865 inmates earned their GED in ADC class rooms.


Kirt Douglas Wainright, Earl Van Denton and Paul Ruiz were executed by lethal injection January 8. Legislation authorized lethal electrified fences at the medium and maximum security facilities. Construction of 200 beds at the North Central Unit and 400 beds at the East Arkansas Regional Unit was completed. New classrooms opened in May at the Pine Bluff Unit. Pastor Silas Johnson was appointed to the Board of Correction and Community Punishment, replacing the Rev. Hezekiah Stewart. Eugene Wallace Perry was executed by lethal injection August 6, and for the first time members of the victim’s family could view the execution on a video monitor at the Cummins Unit. A U.S. Department of Justice lawsuit involving the ADC’s past hiring and promotional practices of female employees were settled. Construction of the State’s first privately managed correctional facilities was completed in December at Newport.


The Department of Correction contracted with Wackenhut Corrections Corporation in June, to build and manage two 600-bed adult correctional facilities at Newport. Alvin Jackson, who was convicted June 20 of the fatal stabbing of Sgt. Scott Grimes, was sentenced to death for capital murder. The ADC contracted with a jail in Bowie County, Texas, to house up to 500 Arkansas inmates. William F. Parker was executed August 8. An Office of Emergency Preparedness was established by the ADC. The Department's oldest and largest facility, the Cummins Unit, was accredited by the American Correctional Association. With that accreditation, the ADC became one of only nine states to be fully accredited by the ACA. The inmate grievance procedure was certified by the U. S. Department of Justice. A 100-bed barracks was constructed at the Maximum Security Unit. The PASS Program (Prisoners of Arkansas Striving for Success) was created at the Varner Unit to address problem inmates.


The East Arkansas Regional Unit became the first facility to incorporate the new inmate telephone system. Richard Wayne Snell was executed by lethal injection April 19. The meritorious furlough program was reinstated in June. Barry Lee Fairchild was executed by lethal injection August 31. Sgt. Scott Grimes was fatally stabbed November 29, by Maximum Security Unit inmate Alvin Jackson. The Bi-State Detention Center was certified by the Texas Commission on Jail Standards.


An eight-year investigation ended when the U.S. Attorney General notified the Governor that living conditions at the Cummins and Tucker Units met standards. The Maximum Security and Varner Units were reaccredited by the American Correctional Association. Edward Charles Pickens and Jonas Hoten Whitmore were executed by lethal injection May 11. Hoyt Clines, James Holmes, and Darryl Richley were executed August 3. Meritorious furloughs were discontinued in August, after a furloughed inmate absconded. At the first meeting of the new Board of Correction and Community Punishment, Circuit Judge Randall Williams was selected chairman. A ribbon cutting ceremony was held in September for the Department's prison museum, which was the second state prison museum in the country. A Boot Camp program for females was approved November 16, and the boot camp capacity was increased to 180.


1993 Legislation eliminated the Board of Correction and created the Board of Correction and Community Punishment. Parole Services was transferred to the Department of Community Punishment. Some non-violent offenders were transferred judicially from the Department of Correction to the Department of Community Punishment for housing in lower security community punishment centers. Legislation changed the name of the Board of Parole and Community rehabilitation to the Post Prison Transfer Board, and enabled offenders to be transferred to community punishment programs. The Arkansas Sentencing Commission was created. Good time was eliminated for sentence reduction and allowed only for computing transfer eligibility to community punishment programs. The Act 814 work/study program and the Act 378 alternative community service program were eliminated. Legislation required the Governor to file a 30-day notice with the Secretary of State before granting clemency. The Plasma Program was discontinued March 18. Roger Endell resigned as director May 15, and Larry Norris was reappointed Interim Director. Capacities increased by 400 at the East Arkansas Regional Unit and by 100 at the Jefferson County Jail/Correctional Facility.  Capacity at Cummins decreased by 100. Female inmates were transferred from the Pine Bluff Unit to the Tucker Unit. Male inmates were transferred from the Tucker Unit to the Varner Unit. The Pine Bluff Unit began housing male inmates working at the Pine Bluff complex. The first female hoe squad turned out for work June 16. A chancery court ruled the reimbursement rate for housing State inmates in county jails. This was set by the State, not the counties. A Federal Judge declared that prison security outweighs privacy rights of female inmates. An Arkansas Supreme Court ruling allowed inmates to review their files if Arkansas Freedom of Information Act guidelines were followed. Because of a lawsuit filed by the Arkansas Attorney General, an inmate who inherited more than $500,000 while incarcerated, had to reimburse the state $13,723.68 for his care and custody. The Delta Regional and North Central Units were accredited by the American Correctional Association. A total of 384 temporary beds were added at the East Arkansas Regional Unit, Delta Regional Unit, and Jefferson County Jail/ Correctional Facility. An airstrip and parking area opened at the North Central Unit. Larry Norris was named director.


East Arkansas Regional Unit at Brickeys was established and set its capacity at 200. All furloughs were suspended after the escape of a furloughed inmate, but work release furloughs were later reinstated. A. L. Lockhart resigned as Director May 29th and Larry Norris was appointed Interim Director. Roger Endell was appointed Director in November. The Board of Correction adopted by-laws for its operations. The Boot Camp was accredited by the ACA. Diagnostic Unit capacity increased to 567. Rickey Ray Rector was executed by lethal injection January 24th and Steven Douglas Hill was executed by the same method May 7th. A Federal jury found the Department had erred in classifying parole officers as professional employees, which exempted them from over time compensation. Because of a court order, the Board of Correction adopted a policy recognizing inmate name changes for religious purposes. A jury found that assignments to administrative segregation had not violated the rights of five hoe squad workers.


Act 771 allowed early release of terminally ill inmates. Act 307 authorized electronic monitoring devices for community supervision. Act 263 created the Correction Resources Commission. Free tobacco rationing to inmates was discontinued. The Department purchased 2,949 acres to build a 600-bed facility at Brickeys in Lee County. Capacities were increased to 438 at the Women's Unit, 700 at the Wrightsville Unit, 325 at the Benton Unit, 400 at the Delta Regional Unit, and 150 at the Boot Camp and the North Central Unit. Riverside Vo-Tech moved from the Cummins Unit to the Varner Unit. The American Correctional Association accredited Central Office policies and procedures.


1990 Capacities increased to 1,100 at the Varner Unit and 71 at the Mississippi County Work Release Center. The Board of Correction named the Delta Regional Unit at Dermott and the North Central Unit at Calico Rock, and also approved a 60-bed Boot Camp program at the Wrightsville Unit. The100-bed Delta Regional Unit, the 100-bed North Central Unit, and the 400-bed Jefferson County Jail/Correctional Facility opened. In the first Arkansas executions since 1964, John Edward Swindler was executed by electrocution and Ronald Gene Simmons by lethal injection.


Act 492 established the Boot Camp program. Act 429 provided for additional meritorious good time for inmates completing certain programs while awaiting transfer to the Department from county jails. The Department was reorganized into divisions for opera-tions: Administrative Services, Field Services, Institutions, and Treatment Services. One Deputy Director and three Assistant Directors were appointed by the Director. Construction began on the Jefferson County Jail Correctional Facility to house 328 state inmates and 72 jail inmates. Capacities increased to 650 at the Wrightsville Unit and 900 at the Varner Unit. The American Correctional Association (ACA) accredited the Diagnostic and Wrightsville Units. Act 937 abolished the Board of Pardons and Paroles and the Commission on Community-Based Rehabilitation. The Act also created the Board of Parole and Community Rehabilitation.


The National Commission on Correctional Health Care accredited the ADC's medical services. The American Correctional Association accredited the Varner and Maximum Security Units. The ADC purchased 485 acres for a 300-bed facility at Calico Rock and 90 acres for a 476-bed unit at Dermott. The industry program for female inmates was relocated to the Training Academy. Capacity at the Wrightsville Unit increased to 550. After 14 years of litigation, the Jones and Davis vs. Hutto class-action lawsuit alleging racial discrimination was settled by consent decree.


The 300-bed Varner Unit opened and its capacity was increased to 700 beds. The Women's Unit capacity increased to 288. Act 626 allowed inmates awaiting transfer to the Department, from county jails, to earn meritorious good time. Act 273 provided for additional meritorious good time for job performance. Act 418, the Prison Overcrowding Emergency Powers Act, authorized the Board of Correction to declare prison overcrowding a state of emergency when population exceeds 98% of the rated capacity for 30 consecutive days. The board invoked the Emergency Powers Act, for the first time, releasing 96 inmates.


Death Row inmates were transferred from the Cummins Unit to the Maximum Security Unit, where the capacity was increased to 432.


Capacities increased to 119 at Texarkana Regional Correction Center and to 324 at the Maximum Security Unit. The Booneville Beef Production Facility was transferred to the Wrightsville Unit.


The annual prison rodeo was discontinued by the Board of Correction.


The 32-bed Texarkana Regional Correction Center, the first 108 beds at the Maximum Security Unit, and the 200-bed Cummins Modular Unit opened. Capacities increased to 120 at the Tucker Modular Unit and to 70 at the Mississippi County Work Release Center. Lethal injection was named as the State's method of execution. Act 309 enabled the Department to enter into contractual agreement with counties for inmate labor. Act 814 allowed housing of inmates, in approved locations, outside of the Department. Act 230 provided for early parole of some nonviolent offenders.


After 13 years of litigation, Federal Judge G. Thomas Eisele ruled the Arkansas prison system constitutional, making it the first State system to be held constitutional after being declared unconstitutional. Capacities increased to 420 at the Wrightsville Unit, 488 at the Diagnostic Unit, 175 at the Women's Unit, and 50 at the Mississippi County Work Release Center. The capacity was decreased to four at the Booneville Beef Production Facility. The 100-bed Tucker Modular Unit opened.


 A.L. Lockhart was appointed Director and served until 1992. The State transferred the Boy's Training School at Wrightsville to the Department of Correction, which began using the facility to house 300 adult male inmates. The 250-bed Diagnostic Unit opened at the Pine Bluff Complex. Capacity at the Women's Unit was increased to 146 beds and the facility was accredited by the American Correctional Association.


A 16-bed Northwest Arkansas Work Release Center opened at Springdale.


The ADC’s Central Office moved to the Pine Bluff Complex. Vernon Housewright was appointed Director and served until 1981. The Barnes School complex in Pine Bluff was leased for an ADC training facility.


A new death chamber was built at the Cummins Unit. Brozene (inmate money) was discontinued and replaced by scrip coupons.


The U.S. Supreme Court declared capital punishment constitutional. Female inmates were moved from the Cummins Unit to the 128-bed Pine Bluff Unit. 1978 A new death chamber was built at the Cummins Unit.


The first work release center, with 60 beds, opened at Benton. The Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, citing continued shortcomings, ordered Judge J, Smith Henley to retain jurisdiction over the Arkansas prison system. Death Row inmates were moved from the Tucker Unit to the Cummins Unit. Sixty-seven inmates received certificates at the Tucker Unit during the department's first G.E.D. graduation.


Act 279 created the Department of Correction School District. In Holt v. Sarver III, Judge J. Smith Henley, citing continued deficiencies but substantial improvements in prison operations, released the department from his jurisdiction. Petitioner appeals were consolidated into Finney v. Hutto.


The U.S. Supreme Court declared capital punishment to be unconstitutional under existing procedures. The Pine Bluff City council and "Fifty For the Future," a group of business leaders, donated 80 acres for what would become the Pine Bluff Complex. The first prison rodeo was held at the Cummins Unit.


In Holt v. Sarver II, Judge Henley enjoined the prison system from inflicting cruel and unusual punishment on inmates and interfering with their access to court.


In Holt v. Sarver II, Judge Henley ruled the Arkansas prison system unconstitutional--the only one in the nation so judged--and ordered the State Correction Board to present a plan of action. State Police were assigned to the Cummins Unit during a riot sparked by inmate demands for racially segregated housing. Governor Winthrop Rockefeller commuted the sentences of 15 Death Row inmates.


In Holt v. Sarver I, Judge J. Smith Henley declared several aspects of the prison system unconstitutional, issued guidelines and ordered administrators to report corrective actions.


Thomas Murton alleged that human skeletons found at the Cummins Unit were the remains of inmates beaten to death and secretly buried. A medical examiner's investigation did not positively conclude the remains were inmates. Act 50 reorganized the State Penitentiary system into the Arkansas Department of Correction. In Jackson v. Bishop, the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals ordered the abolishment of corporal punishment.


 Governor Orval Faubus ordered an investigation August 19 into allegations of extortion, misuse of state property and inmate drunkenness. Superintendent O.E. Bishop fired all free world employees at Tucker. Severe riots erupted September 5 at the Cummins farm. State Police used tear gas to end a September 14 strike attempt by 144 Cummins inmates.


In Talley v. Stephens, federal Judge J. Smith Henley restricted corporal punishment use until adequate safeguards could be established, enjoined prison officials from interfering with inmate access to courts and required improvements in medical services and care.


Charles Fields was the last inmate executed at Tucker before the death penalty was declared unconstitutional.


Act 351 created a State Reformatory for Women and transferred the functions, powers and duties of the Training School for Girls to the State Penitentiary. White female inmates were moved from the State Farm for Women to the Cummins farm. Black female inmates already were at Cummins and Tucker.


Act 1 created the State Penitentiary Board.


Governor J. Futrell closed "The Walls," and inmates were moved to the Cummins and Tucker farms. The death chamber was relocated to the Tucker farm.


About 4,400 acres were puchased for the Tucker farm.


For $140,000, about 10,000 acres were purchased for the Cummins farm. Inmates occupied the site the same year. 1913 Act 55 authorized a permanent death chamber within the penitentiary system. Lee Sims, convicted of rape, was the first inmate executed by the state.


Legislation relocated the penitentiary to a 15-acre site southwest of Little Rock. The facility, commonly known as "The Walls," opened in 1910.


After the civil war, the penitentiary returned to state control.


The U.S. Army seized the penitentiary and operated it as a civil and military prison. Troops hanged 17 year old David O. Dodd at the penitentiary.


Legislation allowed good time to be awarded to inmates for good behavior.


A 92.41 acre tract was purchased for the first penitentiary at the site of what is now the Arkansas State Capital.


Governor James S. Conway signed legislation establishing the State Penitentiary.

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Renie Rule

Renie RuleRenie Rule is the founding patron of the Paws in Prison program, a distinction no one else will receive. Without her contributions, the program would not have began when it did. Thanks to her generosity, PIP is able to provide resources for training rescued dogs and making them adoptable pets. Her donations of both time and money will help save homeless dogs from perishing, while providing a positive program for prison inmates.

In 2008, Rule became interested in developing a dog training program in Arkansas modeled after similar programs operating in prisons in other states. She later approached Gov. Mike Beebe about the idea, and he embraced it. Rule then met with ADC Director Ray Hobbs, and he supported having such a program in Arkansas’ prison system.

The rest is now history. Rule’s partnership with ADC made it happen.

Rule is the senior development director of the University of Arkansas Medical School, Psychiatric Research Institute, in Little Rock. She has raised more than $33 million for projects in her area of development for UAMS. She has also raised millions as a volunteer for projects such as the Maximum Security Unit chapel at Tucker; Second Presbyterian Church chapel, youth building and endowment; Arkansas Symphony Orchestra; Wildwood Park Opera Theatre and the Junior League of Little Rock’s headquarters.

Rule was the executive director of the Little Rock Sister Cities Commission from 1998 to 2000, and from 1990 to 1998 served as director of communications and education for the Arkansas Secretary of State.

She has a bachelor’s degree in social work from Henderson State University in Arkadelphia and studied abroad at Trinity University, American University in Provence, France.

Training Sponsors


Carrie Kessler, CPDT-KA

Carrie Kessler, CPDT-KACarrie Kessler attended her first dog training class at age 10 and has engaged in continuing education in the field ever since.

Carrie began volunteering at the Little Rock Animal Services shelter in 2004, working with the dogs to make them more adoptable. In 2006, she began training her own dogs in agility, studying under Lisa Mantle, and in 2009, she began training dogs professionally, specializing in basic obedience and “family manners.”

Carrie has attended several dog training workshops, seminars and courses,  studying under Dr. Patricia McConnell, Dana Crevling, Pia Silvanti, Sue Sternberg, Jane Kopelman, Brenda Aloff and Steve Wilson to name a few.

In 2010, she completed the Instructor Training Course in New York offered by Dogs of Course.

In 2011, she attended a week-long course in Georgia for K-9 Nose Work and also attended the Association of Pet Dog Trainers Conference in San Diego, California.

She is a member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers and has attained her Professional Dog Trainer certification.

“My training methods focus on positive reinforcement and honor each dog as an individual,” Carrie said.

In addition to her dog training interests, Carrie trained horses professionally from 1979 to 1986.

Carrie can be reached at

Vynn Stuart

Vynn StuartVynn Stuart has been involved in working with and training dogs for approximately 45 years. She started out as a Veterinarian Technician in the late 1960s. This is when she first began teaching obedience and showing dogs in some of the local Kennel Club Dog Shows. Vynn always had a dog or dogs as pets while growing up. In the mid-seventies, she and her husband farmed and ranched and had the opportunity to train cattle dogs to help in the round ups. During this time, Vynn also broke and trained horses to be used on the ranch and also for team roping, barrel racing, cutting and other rodeo events.
Vynn began teaching obedience and working dog classes for 4-H clubs in the mid-1980s. She then had the opportunity to train to the public these obedience classes which led to working with Sheriff’s offices training dogs for Search and Rescue.

Vynn has been training these type dogs for over 20 years now and is still doing this. Her dogs are called out from many law enforcement agencies in surrounding states to assist in trying to locate missing persons, drowned victims, murdered victims and lost persons.  Her dogs work many drowning and cold cases in the surrounding area.

She and her dogs are Nationally Certified in Cadaver, Land and Water, and Live Area Search.

Vynn currently teaches obedience classes to the public and has private classes to teach handlers and their dogs to train for search and rescue. She is a Canine Good Citizen Evaluator for the American Kennel Club  and an evaluator for the National Search Dog Alliance in the disciplines of Land and Water Cadaver.

Vynn believes in working in a positive manner and always making training and working as much fun as possible for the dogs.

“It is a lot of hard work and takes a big commitment," Vynn said, and added, "but this is my life, and I love every minute of it.”

Vynn is proud to be part of the Paws in Prison program.  She can be reached by phone at (903) 826-5094 or by emailing


About the Program

Paws in Prison is made possible through ADC's partnership with animal shelters and advocate groups around the state. Selected inmates have the opportunity to become trainers of rescue dogs in the program. Inmates work with the dogs teaching them basic obedience skills and properly socializing the animals, making them more adoptable. Dogs spend approximately 8 to 10 weeks in training. Last year in Arkansas, hundreds of homeless dogs were euthanized.

The benefits of this program are three-fold. The Paws in Prison program reduces the number of animals who perish by better preparing them to be loving, obedient and adoptable pets. The program gives inmates the skills necessary to support successful rehabilitation and reentry – and ultimately improves public safety. At the same time, this is an opportunity for the inmates to do something positive for the communities of Arkansas. Since the program began December 8, 2011, ADC has seen a positive impact on daily interactions between inmates and employees, which ultimately improves security inside the prison.

ADC modeled its program after a similar one in the Missouri prison system.  In August 2011, a four-person team representing ADC traveled to Missouri to see first-hand how that program operates and get ideas on how to implement a successful program in Arkansas. The group included Board of Corrections Vice Chair Mary Parker, former ADC Assistant Director Dina Tyler, former ADC Public Information Officer Shea Wilson, and University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Executive Director of Development Renie Rule.

Rule has been instrumental in developing Arkansas’ program and is its founding patron. Without her generous personal donation, the program could not have started when it did.

Paws in Prison is supported by private donations and the sale of recyclables. You can donate online or mail your donation to Paws in Prison, c/o Arkansas Department of Correction, PO Box 8707, Pine Bluff, AR 71611. There is no state budget for the program.

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Training Academy Graduates

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Lieutenant Darren Brown is pinned at the Delta Regional Unit by Warden Joe Page and Captain Stanley Smith.



Sergeant Denise Reams is pinned at the Maximum Security Unit by Major Carl Stout and Lieutenant Brandon Davis.


Sergeant Eddie Thoms is pinned at the Maximum Security Unit by Major Carl Stout and Lieutenant Ronald Watson.


Lieutenant Maple Adkins is pinned at the Maximum Security Unit by Major Carl Stout and Captain Everett Litzsey.


Sergeant Michael Hartwick is pinned at ORCU by Lieutenant Rodney Petty and Lieutenant.Adam Clark.


Sergeant Benjamin Caple is pinned at ORCU by Major Percy Arnold and Captain Kyle King.


Captain David Kelley is pinned at the Cummins Unit by Major Vernon Robertson and Captain Kenneth Starks.


Sergeant Steve Mason is pinned at ORCU by Major Percy Arnold and ORCU Captain Richard Brown.


Sergeant Sean Brooks is pinned at ORCU by Major Percy Arnold and Captain Richard Brown.


Sergeant Justin Buttrum is pinned at ORCU by Major Percy Arnold and Captain Richard Brown.


Lieutenant Latonya Irvine is pinned by Major Christopher Johnson and Deputy Warden Tami Aiken.


Lieutenant Jonathan Martin is pinned by Deputy Warden Moses Jackson, III, and Major Steven Ricketts.


Sergeant Paul Cunningham is pinned at ORCU by Major Darren Threlkeld and Lt. Larry Reed.


Sergeant Joshua Doles is pinned at ORCU by Captain Kyle King and Captain Josh Crosby.


Sergeant Jaime Ugartechea is pinned at ORCU by Deputy Warden Gary Musselwhite.


Lieutenant Seth Maxwell is pinned at ORCU by Captain Kyle King and Deputy Warden Thomas Hurst.


Lieutenant Johnnie Swift is pinned at ORCU by Captain Kyle King and Deputy Warden Thomas Hurst.


Sergeant Patrick Christian is pinned at ORCU by Captain Richard Brown and Captain Kyle King.


Sergeant Joe Reed is pinned at ORCU by Captain Kyle King and Captain Richard Brown.


Sergeant Corey Geddings is pinned at ORCU by Captain Richard Brown and Major Percy Arnold.


Sergeant Erica Lucas is pinned at ORCU by Captain Richard Brown and Major Percy Arnold.


Lieutenant Kevin Starkey is pinned at ORCU by Major Darren Threlkeld and Lt. Larry Reed.


Sergeant Trena Sims is pinned by Major Carl Stout and Lt. Barbara Gardner.


Sergeant Engrid Wallace is pinned by Major Carl Stout and Captain Lemarcus Davis.


Corporal Eleanor Repper is pinned by Sgt. Donald Reed and Sgt. Randy Carter.


Sergeant Mark White is pinned by Lt. Stephen Simmons, Chief of Security, and Warden Jason Nichols.


Officer First Class Kyle Park is pinned by Sgt. Mark White and Sgt. Donald Reed.


Lieutenant Robert Edwards is pinned by Major RandyStraughn and Major LaShaundra Malone.


Major Steven Ricketts is pinned by Lt. Johnathan Smart and Major LaShaundra Malone.


Lieutenant Rodney Petty is pinned by Ouachita Regional Correctional Unit Major Percy Arnold and Deputy Warden Gary Musselwhite.


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Human Resources

Frequently Asked Questions

We have provided a list of questions and answers concerning specific areas related to employment, training and human resources. Please follow the links below for further information in regards to each of these areas.

Employment FAQs

Applying for a job with the Arkansas Department of Correction is a positive step toward a rewarding career with many opportunities for advancement. Listed below are some Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s) to help you with the application process.

Contact Information

Contact: Employment Specialist
Phone: 870-850-8510

Where can I get an application for employment?

You must apply on line, through

Can I apply for positions online?

Yes, you can apply online for all vacant Department of Correction positions.

Can I use one application to apply for multiple positions?

The Department of Correction requires a completed state application for each position applied for. Also be advised that you cannot substitute a resume in lieu of a completed application.

Where can I turn in or mail an application for employment?

The Department of Correction no longer accepts paper applications. You must apply online at

How do I find out the qualifications for positions with the Department of Correction?

All qualifications are listed online with each position.

How long do I have to wait from my date of hire before applying for another position?

There is no waiting period to apply for other positions within the Department.


Welcome to the Arkansas Department of Correction Willis H. Sargent Training Academy:

TrainingThe ADC Training Academy was established in 1980, with a commitment to contributing to the Department’s success through quality staff training programs. In 1997, the Training Academy was fully accredited by the American Correctional Association. The Training Academy is vital to the Department’s statutory mandate to establish training programs for new employees and to establish in-service training programs. The Academy is responsible for developing a training curriculum that will produce highly trained, professional, and proficient staff throughout the Department. To ensure this standard of excellence the Academy is dedicated to the development of curriculum and instructors. The Academy staff and training associates regularly review, update and revise the training curriculum to meet the needs of today’s corrections professional.

Uniform Issuance: 501-842-8592

Basic Correctional Officer Training

Our current program is six weeks (240 hours) long. The cadets have five weeks of instruction at the Training Academy developing the core skill sets of corrections professionals. Usually during week five, cadets spend one week of “On the Job Training (OJT)” onsite at the cadet's assigned correctional facility observing the duties and role of a correctional officer. During the OJT week the cadet will train with a Field Training Officer (FTO). After graduation the new Correctional Officer will join their new correctional family and continue their professional development with select certified, specialized and annual training courses.

Our Mission Statement

To instill knowledge and confidence to employees during pre-service and in-service training, providing them with a solid foundation to build a career in the Arkansas Department of Correction.

In-Service Protocol

The Training Academy wishes to welcome you to in-service training. It is our desire that you join us in promoting a professional environment during your learning experience.

Please find listed below appropriate attire for In-service class participation.

Smoking is not allowed on Academy property.

Please observe break times and lunch periods.

Cell phones or pagers need to be on vibrate or silent while in the classroom.

Students arriving more than 15 minutes late for the starting time of a class, or more than 15 minutes late from a break/lunch will be dismissed from the class.

In-Service Training Class Schedule

In-service training class schedules are updated regularly on ADC SPOTLIGHT (for employees).

Training Information

Academy Staff


Randy Callas


   Larry Cyr

Lieutenant Mark Norris


Mark Norris


David Farrier

Lieutenant Latisha Davis


Latisha Davis

 Lieutenant Martha Lacy


  Martha Lacy

Sarah Apel

Sarah Apel

David Ruff

David Ruff


 Traci Massery


Human Resources

If you have questions in regards to Payroll, Employee Benefits or Employment, please visit frequently asked questions.

Human Resources Staff

Human Resources Administration
Human Resources Administrator (870) 850-8524
Administrator's Administrative Assistant (870) 850-8524
Associate Human Resources Administrator (870) 850-8542
Assistant Human Resources Administrator & Payroll (870) 850-8599
Assistant Human Resources Administrator - Employment (870) 850-8526
Assistant Human Resources Administrator - Policy & Benefits (870) 850-8522
Recruiter (870) 850-8534
Workplace Safety Coordinator (870) 850-8578

Arkansas Escape Alert System

The Arkansas Department of Correction, in conjunction with the Department of Community Correction and Crime Information Center, is pleased to offer the public a new automated safety tool.  The Arkansas Escape Alert System allows citizens living in the vicinity of a Department of Correction unit, or Department of Community Correction center, to register for automated notification in the event of an escape from those facilities.

Upon entry of escape into the departments’ offender management system, an immediate notification will be issued to everyone registered against that facility.  Escape notification will be made 24/7 in the form of an automated phone call and/or email message.  The notification will alert registrants of the escape and direct them to the appropriate website (ADC or DCC) for more information on the escapee.  Notification will also be made between the hours of 8 a.m. and 9 p.m. upon the recapture of that escapee.

There is no limit to the number of facility registrations and individuals may register up to three phone numbers and three email addresses for notification.  To register for the Arkansas Escape Alert system, visit, click on Arkansas on the map, and follow the instructions that are provided on the page.  Please keep the username and password information that will be provided upon registration so that your personal information can be updated in the future.

We are extremely proud and excited to be able to offer this new safety tool to enhance public safety for the citizens of Arkansas.


Reentry MythBusters are fact sheets designed to clarify existing federal policies that affect formerly incarcerated individuals and their families in areas such as public housing, employment, parental rights, Medicaid suspension/termination, voting rights and more.  

So who are the Reentry MythBusters helpful for?

MythBuster Links





Juveniles and Reentry

Access to Federal Benefits

Additional MythBusters

Children of Incarcerated Parent Series



We have provided a number of downloadable resources pertaining to the Arkansas Department of Correction and it's facilities.  The fact brochures provide statistical information about our facilities and the newsletters provide information about current events within the Department of Correction.  We've also provided several reports and forms for your convenience. The constituent services section also provides a guide brochure to help answer questions and address concerns of family members who visit an inmate in an Arkansas facility. In addition, the related links section also provides a number of helpful online resources for your convenience.

Friends and Family Guide


Related Links

Arkansas Department of Correction Links

Arkansas Law Enforcement Links

Employee Assistance Programs

Arkansas Government Links

National Links

Professional Organization Links

Other State Correction Web Sites

Constituent Services

When inmates are sentenced to the Arkansas Department of Correction, they go through an intake process that includes explanations of the rules and operations of the department. Since their family and friends do not have the benefit of this orientation, the ADC has created a Constituent Services Office to help answer questions and address their concerns.

The Constituent Services Officer handles non-criminal complaints about conditions of confinement. By working to resolve legitimate issues of concern, communication between the agency and the families and friends of inmates can be enhanced. Oftentimes, simply providing accurate information about inmate housing, transfers, visitation, programs and disciplinary actions can ease many concerns. In addition to inquiries generated by the families and friends of inmates, the Constituent Services Officer also responds to inquiries from advocacy organizations and other concerned parties.

The Constituent Services Officer may be contacted at 870-267-6385 or through the mail at P.O. Box 8707, Pine Bluff, AR 71611-8707.

Reports, Brochures and Forms

Unless otherwise noted, all documents are in PDF format.

Board Reports | Strategic Plans  | Annual Reports |  Prea Annual Reports | County Jail Reimbursement Summary | Recidivism Study | Statistical Information Facts Brochure | Adult Sex Offender Guidelines |  Miscellaneous


Board Reports





Strategic Plans


Annual Reports

PREA (Prison Rape Elimination Act)

County Jail Reimbursement Summary

Recidivism Study

Statistical Information

Facts Brochure

Adult Sex Offender Guidlines


Administrative Directives and Regulations

Administrative Directives

Administrative Regulations


1913 – PRESENT

Sims, Lee B/M 21 Prairie Rape 09/09/1913
King, Ed B/M 19 Ashley Murder 12/12/1913
Pelton, Fred B/M 37 Lincoln Rape 03/28/1914
Neely, Will B/M 57 Union Murder 12/08/1914
Hodges, Arthur W/M 19 Clark Murder 12/18/1914
Simms, Clay B/M 48 Desha Murder 03/19/1915
Hall, John B/M   Craighead Murder 04/02/1915
Owens, Walter B/M   Craighead Murder 04/02/1915
Derrick, Sam W/M 30 Monroe Murder 07/28/1915
Hawkins, John B/M 24 Little River Murder 03/13/1917
Smith, Henry B/M   Crittenden Murder 03/13/1917
Johnson, Aaron B/M 45 Desha Murder 06/22/1917
Diggs, Tom B/M   Conway Murder 06/22/1917
Daffron, Soloman B/M 36 Polk Murder 07/26/1918
Caughron, Ben W/M   Polk Murder 08/23/1918
Tobay, Vick Indian/M 24 Washington Murder 08/14/1920
Cooper, Charlie B/M   Ouachita Murder 11/19/1920
Reynolds, Revertia B/M 21 Lincoln Murder 04/29/1921
Clarke, Virgil B/M 36 Chicot Murder 06/17/1921
Ratcliff, Amos W/M   Carroll Murder 10/14/1921
Price, John B/M 20 Phillips Murder 12/30/1921
Willis James B/M   Drew Murder 03/10/1922
Richardson, Ben B/M 20 Ashley Murder 02/02/1923
Debord, Will W/M   Stone Murder 02/02/1923
Richardson, Duncan W/M 20 Ashley Murder 02/22/1923
Bullen, E W/M 56 Ashley Murder 02/22/1923
Sease, Herbert W/M 39 Baxter Murder 07/27/1923
Owens, John W/M   Little River Murder 08/24/1923
Sullivan, Joe W/M   Pulaski Murder 04/18/1924
Bettis, Will B/M   Crawford Murder 06/27/1924
Buck, Spurgeon B/M 30 Crawford Murder 06/27/1924
Flowers, Perk B/M 22 Columbia Murder 06/26/1925
Buster, Jack B/M 20 Jefferson Murder 06/26/1925
Kelley, J W/M 31 Pulaski Murder 11/13/1925
Harris, Aaron B/M   Ashley Murder 01/08/1926
Clark, Tyrus W/M 26 Benton Murder 01/08/1926
Edmons, Roy B/M 22 Union Murder 02/05/1926
Walker, Lee B/M   Union Murder 02/05/1926
Jones, Ishman B/M 23 Ouachita Murder 02/12/1926
Mason, Clint B/M 26 Ouachita Murder 02/12/1926
Canady, John B/M   Ouachita Murder 02/12/1926
Johnson, Caphus B/M   Ouachita Murder 02/12/1926
Martin, Willie B/M   Pulaski Murder 06/09/1926
Jones, Albert B/M   Mississippi Murder 06/09/1926
Dixon, Lonnie B/M 16 Pulaski Murder 06/24/1927
Cathey, Horace B/M   Monroe Murder 09/02/1927
Martin, Booker B/M 25 Monroe Murder 09/02/1927
Eutsey, Willie B/M   Ouachita Murder 03/30/1928
McKenzie, Will B/M 56 Ouachita Murder 03/30/1928
Brown, Simmer B/M   Chicot Murder 07/10/1928
Robinson, Pete B/M 30 Union Murder 09/10/1928
Evers, Ben B/M   Arkansas Murder 01/24/1930
Green, John B/M   Little River Murder 03/21/1930
Brown, Mack B/M   Little River Murder 03/21/1930
Amersoia, Alford B/M   Ouachita Murder 06/20/1930
Nolan, Bud B/M   Little River Murder 07/25/1930
Howell, W B/M   Crawford Murder 08/15/1930
Long, Eddie B/M 30 Pulaski Murder 11/14/1930
Davis, Willie B/M   Pulaski Murder 11/14/1930
Turnage, James B/M   Pulaski Murder 11/14/1930
Washington, George B/M   Pulaski Murder 11/14/1930
Lawson, James B/M 26 Bradley Murder 07/31/1931
McBryde, Louie B/M   Clark Murder 07/08/1932
Daniels, Freeling B/M 34 Miller Rape 11/25/1932
Hill, George B/M   Phillips Rape 06/30/1933
Williams, Woodie,/ B/M   Pulaski Murder 07/14/1933
Banks, J. B/M 24 Pulaski Murder 12/08/1933
McDaniels, Len,/ B/M   Lonoke Murder 12/08/1933
Butler, Ben B/M 29 Craighead Murder 02/09/1934
Jackson, Luther B/M   Pulaski Murder 05/11/1934
Mitchell, Purcell B/M 21 Union Murder 11/02/1934
Rose, Robert W/M 27 Independence Murder 02/23/1935
Barnes, Frank W/M 50 Mississippi Murder 03/01/1935
Shank, Mark B/M 41 Saline Murder 03/08/1935
Freeman, Tom B/M 28 Chicot Murder 08/23/1935
Nelson, Paul W/M 22 Jackson Murder 09/28/1935
Barnes, Bill W/M 20 Mississippi Murder 09/28/1935
Dobbs, Frank W/M 35 Saline Murder 11/01/1935
Hawkins, Ben B/M 37 Mississippi Murder 12/13/1935
Nelson, Mack B/M 24 Mississippi Murder 12/13/1935
House, Roy W/M   Garland Murder 10/23/1936
Turner, Dennis W/M 46 Calhoun Murder 11/06/1936
White, Beverly B/M 25 Drew Murder 12/11/1936
Smith, Willie B/M 25 Drew Murder 12/11/1936
McCormick, F B/M 35 Drew Murder 12/11/1936
Hattock, Clinton B/M 28 Calhoun Murder 04/23/1937
Austin, James B/M 22 Garland Murder 05/14/1937
Edwards, Sandy B/M 63 Hempstead Murder 09/24/1937
Hutto, Tom W/M 36 Union Murder 09/24/1937
Amos, Jessie B/M 35 Lonoke Rape 10/15/1937
Pigue Duncan B/M 27 Lonoke Murder 02/04/1938
Ware, Leroy B/M 19 Ashley Murder 02/25/1938
Noble, Willie B/M 24 Miller Murder 03/11/1938
Sims, Joe W/M 34 Saline Murder 03/18/1938
Brocklehurst, Lester W/M 23 Lonoke Murder 03/18/1938
Carter, Frank B/M 26 Crittenden Rape 06/24/1938
Thomas, Theo B/M 28 Crittenden Rape 06/24/1938
Anderson, Joe W/M 37 Garland Murder 03/10/1939
Dickerson, Fred W/M 35 Garland Murder 05/19/1939
Arnell, Fred B/M 18 Miller Rape 05/19/1939
Williams, Sylvester B/M 22 Jefferson Murder 06/30/1939
Caruthers, James B/M 19 Mississippi Rape 06/30/1939
Clayton, Buble B/M 21 Mississippi Rape 06/30/1939
Williams, Milton B/M 27 Pulaski Murder 08/18/1939
Charles, James B/M 23 Pulaski Murder 01/19/1940
Manning, Otis B/M 27 Union Murder 04/12/1940
Gulley, Jack B/M 25 Nevada Murder 11/15/1940
Dillard, James B/M 30 Desha Murder 12/13/1940
Mooney, John B/M 27 Woodruff Murder 01/24/1941
Payton, J B/M 41 Crittenden Murder 05/15/1941
Lewis, Percy B/M 30 Phillips Murder 06/06/1941
Riney, John B/M 25 Desha Rape 06/20/1941
Washington, John B/M 32 White Murder 10/11/1941
Heron, Jimmie B/M   Little River Murder 01/23/1942
Adams, Ben W/M 46 Woodruff Murder 06/05/1942
Jones, A B/M   Phillips Murder 07/31/1942
Luckyrado, A B/M   Lonoke Murder 11/20/1942
Allison, Stoney B/M 19 Desha Rape 11/20/1942
Thomas, Adolph B/M 35 Columbia Murder 03/19/1943
Thompson, Henry B/M 44 Cleveland Murder 08/06/1943
Mack, Seke B/M 40 Mississippi Murder 06/02/1944
Hudson, Walker B/M 53 Clark Murder 07/07/1944
Tacker, Jim W/M   Crittenden Murder 07/14/1944
Clingham, Levi B/M 41 Crittenden Murder 12/01/1944
Brown, Tony B/M   Mississippi Murder 03/30/1945
Yates, James B/M 21 Arkansas Murder 05/25/1945
Hall, James W/M 24 Pulaski Murder 01/04/1946
Riley, Willie B/M   Chicot Murder 04/12/1946
Chitwood, Elton W/M   Polk Murder 11/22/1946
Thomas, Andrew B/M 23 Jefferson Murder 11/29/1946
Holmes, Clifton B/M 26 Jefferson Rape 01/10/1947
Hodges, Albert B/M 34 Pulaski Rape 01/17/1947
Henley, Jeff B/M 20 Lee Murder 01/24/1947
Bates, Vollie W/M 19 Polk Murder 05/16/1947
Dukes, Lawrence B/M 31 St. Francis Murder 08/08/1947
Johnson, Cubie B/M 23 Pulaski Murder 08/08/1947
Hyde, James W/M   Carroll Murder 02/13/1948
Pugh, Edward B/M 20 Pulaski Rape 07/02/1948
Hilbreth, Wesley B/M 25 Phillips Rape 01/16/1949
Palmer, Mizell B/M   Phillips Rape 06/17/1949
Rorie, Harvie W/M 45 Jefferson Murder 07/22/1949
Pierce, Walter B/M 21 Chicot Murder 12/09/1949
Black, Thomas W/M 28 Pulaski Murder 03/10/1950
Needham, Hollis W/M 26 Mississippi Rape 03/17/1950
Smith, Robert W/M 39 Pulaski Murder 04/28/1950
Ezell, Matthew B/M 36 Mississippi Murder 02/23/1951
Ferguson, George B/M   Pulaski Murder 02/23/1951
Smith, Aubrey B/M   Phillips Murder 07/27/1951
Dorsey, Peter B/M 27 Phillips Murder 11/23/1951
Grays, Arthur B/M 21 Mississippi Murder 11/23/1951
Maxwell, Herman B/M   Hempstead Rape 06/06/1952
Wright, Wilson B/M   Dallas Murder 08/01/1952
Jenkins, Bill Indian/M 50 Garland Murder 05/07/1954
Scarber, Leo B/M 59 Nevada Rape 09/21/1956
Smith, Lawrence B/M 18 Chicot Murder 07/24/1959
Lee, Leo B/M   Pulaski Murder 09/25/1959
Walker, Thomas B/M 50 Crittenden Murder 10/02/1959
Young, William B/M 39 Mississippi Murder 10/02/1959
House, J B/M 24 Phillips Murder 10/23/1959
Hayes, Arthur B/M 43 Mississippi Murder 10/23/1959
Boone, Roger B/M 24 Miller Murder 05/13/1960
Moore, James B/M 18 Miller Murder 05/13/1960
Bryd, Willie B/M 19 Miller Murder 05/20/1960
Boyd, James B/M 18 Miller Murder 05/20/1960
Leggett, Emmett W/M 19 Pulaski Murder 09/16/1960
Nail, William W/M   Jefferson Murder 09/16/1960
Moore, Lawrence B/M   Crittenden Murder 10/28/1960
Bracy, John B/M   Chicot Murder 10/28/1960
Fields, Charles W/M 30 Jefferson Rape/Murder 01/24/1964
Swindler, John W/M 46 Sebastian Cap/Murder 06/18/1990
Simmons, Ronald G. W/M 50 Franklin Cap/Murder 06/25/1990
Rector, Ricky Ray B/M 40 Faulkner Cap/Murder 01/24/1992
Hill, Steven Douglas W/M 25 Pulaski Cap/Murder 05/07/1992
Pickens, Charles E. B/M 39 Prairie & Arkansas Cap/Murder 05/11/1994
Whitmore, Jonas W/M 50 Scott & Montgomery Cap/Murder 05/11/1994
Clines, Hoyt W/M 37 Benton Cap/Murder 08/03/1994
Richley, Darryl V. W/M 43 Benton Cap/Murder 08/03/1994
Holmes, James W/M 37 Benton Cap/Murder 08/03/1994
Snell, Richard W/M 64 Miller Cap/Murder 04/19/1995
Fairchild, Barry Lee B/M 41 Lonoke Cap/Murder 08/31/1995
Parker, William Frank W/M 42 Benton Cap/Murder 08/08/1996
Wainright, Kirk B/M 42 Nevada Cap/Murder 01/08/1997
Ruiz, Paul W/M 56 Logan Cap/Murder 01/08/1997
Denton, Earl Van W/M 53 Logan Cap/Murder 01/08/1997
Perry, Eugene W/M 53 Sebastian Cap/Murder 08/06/1997
Henderson, Wilburn W/M 56 Sebastian Cap/Murder 07/08/1998
Cox, Johnie Michael W/M 42 White Cap/Murder 02/16/1999
Pruett, Marion A. W/M 49 Crawford Cap/Murder 04/12/1999
Willett, Alan W/M 52 Johnson Cap/Murder 09/08/1999
Gardner, Mark W/M 43 Sebastian Cap/Murder 09/08/1999
Riggs, Christina W/F 28 Pulaski Cap/Murder 05/02/2000
Johnson, David B/M 37 Pulaski Cap/Murder 12/20/2000
Smith, Clay King W/M 31 Jefferson Cap/Murder 05/08/2001
Noel, Riley Dobi B/M 31 Pulaski Cap/Murder 07/09/2003
Singleton, Charles B/M 44 Ashley Cap/Murder 01/06/2004
Nance. Eric R W/M 45 Hot Spring Cap/Murder 11/29/2005
Lee, Ledelle B/M 51 Pulaski Cap/Murder 04/20/2017
Jones, Jack W/M 52 White Cap/Murder 04/24/2017
Williams, Marcel B/M 46 Pulaski Cap/Murder 04/24/2017
Williams, Kenneth B/M 38 Lincoln Cap/Murder 04/27/2017

Death Row

No. Name Date of Birth Race/Sex Date of Sentence County
SK915 Ward, Bruce Earl 12/24/1956 W/M 10/18/1990 Pulaski
SK920 Davis, Don W. 11/23/1962 W/M 03/06/1992 Benton
SK922 Greene,Jack G 03/13/1955 W/M 07/01/1999 Johnson
SK925 Dansby, Ray 03/03/1960 B/M 06/11/1993 Union
SK926 Nooner, Terrick T. 03/17/1971 B/M 09/28/1993 Pulaski
SK927 Reams, Kenneth 12/21/1974 B/M 12/16/1993 Jefferson
SK929 Sasser, Andrew 10/21/1964 B/M 03/03/1994 Miller
SK933 Johnson, Stacey E. 11/26/1969 B/M 09/23/1994 Sevier
SK934 Kemp, Timothy W. 08/04/1960 W/M 12/02/1994 Pulaski
SK939 Rankin, Roderick L. 11/18/1975 B/M 02/13/1996 Jefferson
SK941 Jackson, Alvin 06/30/1970 B/M 06/20/1996 Jefferson
SK956 Roberts, Karl D. 03/06/1968 W/M 05/24/2000 Polk
SK960 Isom, Kenneth 06/03/1967 B/M 03/28/2001 Drew
SK961 Anderson, Justin 03/21/1981 B/M 01/31/2002 Lafayette
SK964 Thessing, Billy 09/11/1968 W/M 09/10/2004 Pulaski
SK965 Thomas, Mickey D. 09/25/1974 B/M 09/28/2005 Pike
SK966 Springs, Thomas 06/25/1962 B/M 11/24/2005 Sebastian
SK968 Sales, Derek 01/08/1961 B/M 05/17/2007 Ashley
SK971 Decay, Gregory 07/11/1985 B/M 04/24/2008 Washington
SK972 Marcyniuk, Zachariah 05/21/1979 W/M 12/12/2008 Washington
SK973 Lacy, Brandon E. 01/01/1979 W/M 05/13/2009 Benton
SK976 Lard, Jerry D. 03/13/1974 W/M 07/28/2012 Greene
SK977 Holland, Robert 11/28/1968 W/M 07/10/2014 Union
SK979 Johnson, Latavious 10/31/1981 B/M 11/04/2014 Lee
SK980 Gay, Randy W. 09/01/1958 W/M 03/19/2015 Garland
SK981 Holly, Zachary D. 10/08/1984 W/M 05/27/2015 Benton
SK982 Torres, Mauricio A. 12/24/1969 H/M 11/15/2016 Benton
SK983 Smith, Brad H. 11/28/1995 W/M 07/28/2017 Cleveland

13 White Males
14 Black Males 
  1 Hispanic Male 
28 Total

Last Updated: November 7, 2017

Escapee List (This is a redirect to an application)

Inmate Programs

Additional programs and services available are: College courses (offeredthrough local community colleges at several facilities depending uponthe resources available each semester); correspondence courses; Palprogram; Braille program; New Faith Based Pre Release at WrightsvilleUnit; Sex Offender Assessment Program; and Habilitation program.

Act 309 Library
Advanced PAL (APAL) Medical Services
Agriculture Mental Health Services
Alcoholics Anonymous, Cocaine Volunteer Services Ouachita River Correctional Unit Intake Services
  Pathway to Freedom Program
Braille and Large Print Program Pre-Release Program
Chaplaincy Principles and Applications For Life (P.A.L. Program)
College Program Reduction of Sexual Victimization Program (RSVP)
Construction and Maintenance Religious Services
Disciplinary Court Sheltered Living Unit
Food Services Special Programs Unit
GED Substance Abuse Therapeutic Community Program (T.C.)
Habilitation Program Substance Abuse Treatment Program 
HIV & TB Programs (SATP)Substance Abuse Treatment Program (SATP)
Hobby Craft Program Vocational Education Program
Industry Workforce Alliance for Growth in the Economy (WAGETM)
Industry Work Program
Inmate Panel Work Release Program


It shall be the policy of the Arkansas Department of Correction to permit inmates to have visits with family, friends, attorneys and spiritual advisors under conditions that are consistent with the security and good order of departmental operations.Visitation privileges for inmates are essential to maintaining good morale, sustaining family life and ensuring relationships in the community upon release. Because of limited space, staff availability, scheduling considerations and security requirements of correctional units/centers, certain limits must be set and controls established governing visits.


Inmate Notification of Visiting Procedures

Written information regarding procedures governing visitation will be made available to inmates upon their arrival at the institution. At a minimum, the information will include, but not be limited to the following:

Each inmate is responsible for notifying his/her family and friends if they are approved or denied for visiting privileges or if visiting privileges have been suspended or terminated.

Visitor Applications

Anyone who is not on an inmate's approved visitation list will not be allowed to visit.

Visitation Hours/Schedule and Number of Allowable Visitors

All eligible inmates shall be entitled to visitation privileges only in accordance with the following schedule:

1.   Saturdays and Sundays will be designated visitation days for all routine visits.

2.   There will be no visitation on holidays unless the holiday falls on a regular visitation day.

3.   Hours for visitation will be from 12:00 noon to 4:00 p.m., except as authorized by the Director.

4.   All Class I inmates will be permitted weekly Sunday visits for a maximum of four (4) or five (5) visits a month depending upon the number of Sundays.

5.   All Class II, III and IV inmates will be permitted two (2) visits a month, either the first and third Saturday of the month or the second and fourth Saturday of the month as determined by the Unit’s schedule.  In cases where inmates of the same immediate family are housed at the same unit/center, the Warden/Center Supervisor may approve requests by those inmates to visit on the same day, per the schedule of the lower class inmate.

6.   Where space is limited, the Warden/Center Supervisor is authorized, as approved by the Director, to divide the inmate population in such a manner as to balance the number of visitors present on either visitation day.

Four visitors are allowed during any one visit, including children. However, the spouse of an inmate and all children, regardless of the number may visit; however, only two (2) aproved adult visitors may accompany the minor children when the limit of four (4) is exceeded. Visitors are responsible for keeping children under control. Failure to control and supervise chidren is grounds for termination of the visit.

Special Visits

If the Warden or Center Supervisor approves, special visits may be allowed any two days during the week and during regular visiting hours for approved visitors who live more than 300 miles from the unit. The visitor must request the visit 24 hours in advance during regular business hours. No special visits are allowed on holidays.

News Media

It is the policy of the Arkansas Department of Correction to provide representatives of the news media with access to correctional facilities, inmates, and programs to the maximum extent possible without  adversely affecting the operations of the facility or program. The term “news media” refers to organizations whose primary purpose is not for commercial production or entertainment. This may include representatives of general circulation newspapers, periodical magazines of general circulation sold through newsstands and/or subscriptions to the general public, online outlets, local/national/international news services; and radio/television stations/networks holding a Federal Communication Commission license. News media interview guidelines can be found here.

Representatives of the news media may be granted a tour of a correctional facility or program when the presence of news media would not adversely affect the operations of the facility or program. However, all news media tours must be approved in advance and the Public Information Officer or designee must accompany representatives of news or organizations at all times. The Director may grant permission for cameras under restriction which include not recording inmates except when an authorized inmate interview has been granted.

Media inquiries should be directed to the Public Information Officer, Solomon Graves,  at 870-267-6205 or via email.

Entrance into Correctional Institutions

Any person or vehicle entering a correctional unit can be searched for contraband. Visitors in wheelchairs and those wearing wigs or religious headgear are also subject to search. If a wig or religious headgear is being worn, the visitor will be searched outside the presence of other visitors by an employee of the same gender. Entrance will be denied if a visitor is not willing to submit to a search. Visitors must also pass through a metal detector. Units randomly drug test visitors by use of an Ion Scanner. A positive scan can lead to a search of the visitor and his or her vehicle. Visitors are not allowed to bring cameras, pagers, cellular phones, pocketknives, or food into a facility. Visitors are allowed to bring a small coin purse, billfold, identification, baby bottles, baby diapers, diaper wipes, car keys and jewelry (being worn). The warden/center supervisor or designee may set limits on the amount of money that a visitor will be allowed to bring in. Visitors age 12 and older must provide photo identification.

Dress Code and Restrictions

Visitors’ clothing must be appropriate for the age and occasion. No halter-tops, tank tops, hats, shorts, mini-skirts/dresses, see-through clothing, leggings, jeggings, or camouflage attire may be worn.  Brief cut or otherwise provocative clothing will not be permitted. No sleeveless tops are allowed because shoulders must be covered at all times.  Children ten (10) years of age and under will be allowed to wear shorts of an appropriate length. Metal on clothing items should be avoided due to delays in clearing security equipment when additional search procedures are required including the removal of any items containing metal.

Visitors will be allowed to carry in only the following items: clear plastic bag containing a small amount of cash for purchasing refreshments, prescription medication in the visitor’s name and in original pharmacy container, government issued identification, baby bottles, baby diapers and diaper wipes, car keys and jewelry (being worn). The Department of Correction accepts no responsibility for the property of visitors. The Warden/Center Supervisor or designee may set limits on the amount of money or any item listed above that a visitor will be allowed to bring into the facility.

Inmate Telephone

Inmates are provided with coinless telephones during set hours of use. Inmates can only make collect calls to pre-approved numbers. Inmates cannot have cellular phones or calling cards. Inmates can lose their telephone privileges for disciplinary reasons. Each unit has its own telephone policy, so please check with the particular unit for specific hours of use. Boot Camp inmates may write and receive letters only. They have access to telephones only in emergency situations or to notify family or friends prior to graduation from the Boot Camp.

Tobacco Policy

Inmates are not allowed to have any kind of tobacco. This policy became effective January 17, 2000, and prohibits inmates from possessing “any smoking or smokeless tobacco product.” If an inmate does have tobacco, it is considered contraband and the inmate will be disciplined. Visitors and employees must leave all tobacco products in their vehicle. Bringing tobacco products into a facility will result in loss of visitation privileges.

Synthetic Drugs

Synthetic drugs are known by numerous names (Spice, bath salts, K2, and Molly to name a few), and are legally sold in the community as incense or other products "not meant for human consumption" but have an alternate use to produce a high similiar to that felt when using marijuana, amphetamines or LSD. The problem is that each batch of these drugs contains different chemicals meaning each batch can produce different effects some of which can be life-threatening. For more information, please click on the following link.

Video Visitation

The department now offers Video Visitation. Visitors must be on the inmate's approved phone or visitor list. Visitors must schedule all appointments at least 48 hours prior to start time. Visits are 30 minutes in length and will begin promptly. KIOSKs are provided for video visitation during set hours of use. All visitation rules apply, including dress code. All visits are monitored. Officers can terminate an active visit at any time. Violation of the rules will result in removal of the visitor from all visitation and phone lists.

The recording or photographing of a video visit is prohibited. Individuals found to be in violation of this policy, or found to be facilitating the violation of this policy, will have their visitation privileges suspended for a minimum of one (1) year from the date the Department became aware of the violation. A subsequent violation will result in the permanent loss of the visitation privileges of the violator.

Please note:

1.  If an inmate is suspended from visits, all appointments will be cancelled.

2.  Pricing per visit is $5 through the end of 2017. Beginning January 1, 2018, visits will be $12.99 for 30 minutes.

3.  Attorneys may not use the ADC video visitation system.

4.  Visitors can contact Securus Customer Service at 877-578-3658 for technical assistance and billing questions.

Victim Services

Arkansas Victim Notification Program

In 1997, in response to the need for victims of crime to be informed, the Arkansas Legislature passed Act 1262, which requires victim notification of changes in an offenders’ custody status. In order to accomplish these notifications, legislation authorized the establishment of an automated system. This system is known as the Arkansas VINE program. The Arkansas VINE program is a free automated hotline that provides crime victims with information and notification 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.  

To register with ARKANSAS STATE WIDE VINE PROGRAM call 1-800-510-0415 or visit the website at

General Features

This service allows crime victims to access inmate information and to register for notification of inmate release. Access to this data is available by using any touch-tone telephone. By entering the Arrest Tracking Number, ADC Number, or the offender's last name, the victim can find out if the offender is in custody, and be given the name and contact number of the custodial agency along with the parole eligibility date and sentence expiration date. Registration for notification is also available by using a touch-tone telephone. Once registered, the VINE system will notify the victim of changes in custody status as listed below. The system will call a registered victim every 30 minutes for 24 hours or until the victim confirms the notification by entering the correct PIN (Personal Identification Number) code.

For further information: ARKANSAS STATEWIDE VINE system - PDF

The Arkansas Department of Correction notifies persons who register with the Department of Correction. This registration and notification are separate from the Statewide VINE system which is operated by Arkansas Crime Information Center (ACIC).

Notification for Arkansas Department of Correction inmates will be made as follows to all registered victims:

To register with ARKANSAS STATE WIDE VINE PROGRAM call 1-800-510-0415

Any questions regarding notification and/or the VINE system should be directed to the Arkansas Department of Correction Victim Coordinator at 870-267-6677.

For questions regarding the Arkansas Statewide VINE system contact VINE Program Manager for ACIC or VINE Program Coordinator for ACIC at (501) 682-2222.

Inmate Information

Inmate Classification

New inmates go through a diagnostic process called Intake. Male inmates are received at the Ouachita River Unit in Malvern, Arkansas for intake. Female inmates go to the McPherson Unit in Newport for intake. Inmates cannot have visitors or use telephones during the intake process. After intake, inmates are transferred to a parent unit for their initial assignment. Exceptions for initial assignments are made for health reasons or security concerns. Initial assignments last for a minimum of 60 days. Behavior, bed space, job availability and institutional need dictate future assignments. Inmates are classified in three ways: custody classification, good time earning classification and medical classification.

Inmate Discipline

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 good time. Rule violations can lead to a confinement in punitive isolation. Disciplinary actions may be appealed as outlined in the Inmate Handbook and in department policies available in the unit law libraries.


Any inmate can request a transfer, but the decision to transfer someone is based on  bed space availability, behavior, institutional needs and other factors.

Hospital Visits & Funeral Travel

Inmates are allowed visitors at the hospital. Emergency furloughs may be granted to inmates when there is a critical illness or death in their immediate family.

Mail & Money

How to Address Correspondence | What can be sent by mail

Address example:
Inmate’s name and ADC number
Name of unit P.O. Box or street address
City, state and zip code

All books, magazines, newspapers and catalogs must be mailed directly from the publisher, bookstore, educational institution, or recognized commercial or charitable outlet. No food or care packages may be mailed to an inmate. All incoming and outgoing inmate mail may be read, except for privileged correspondence with the inmate’s attorney; federal, state, and local court officials; any administrator of the Department of Correction, Board of Correction, Parole Board; and the media. If properly marked as privileged, the correspondence will be opened in front of the inmate and only inspected for contraband.

Unit Mail Procedures

It is the policy of the Arkansas Department of Correction to permit inmates to correspond with family, friends, officials and other significant community contacts with a minimum of interference consistent with the legitimate security needs of the facility; however, the increasing use of illegal drugs has led to the need to limit incoming paper correspondence.

Effective August 21, 2017, In an effort to reduce the introduction of contraband into our facilities, inmates will only receive a copy of incoming envelopes. Inmates will only receive two sheets of 8 ½ x 11 inches of copy paper, which will include a copy of the envelope and three pieces of the correspondence on the four-sides of the two sheets of copy paper. Only black and white copies will be made, and no cards, larger size paper, or anything else will be manipulated to fit on the copy paper. Additionally, any general correspondence that exceeds these limits will be treated as contraband; the inmate will have thirty (30) days to pay for return postage or it will be destroyed. Please write all letters in dark ink only (black or blue ink), do not use pencils or yellow markers because it will reduce image quality. Please click on the examples below of ink versus pencil scan quality.


How to send money

If sending money via mail you may only send money orders. Please include the inmate’s name and ADC number so that the correct account can be credited. The inmate will notify you of correct form to attach with money order and mailing address. Family and friends can also send money online through the Department of Correction’s website. This method requires a credit card and involves a small processing fee.

Paws in Prison

Paws In PrisonPaws in Prison is made possible through ADC's partnership with animal shelters and advocate groups around the State. Selected inmates have the opportunity to become trainers of rescue dogs in the program. Inmates work with the dogs teaching them basic obedience skills and properly socializing the animals, making them more adoptable. Last year in Arkansas, hundreds of homeless dogs were euthanized.

The benefits of this program are three-fold. The Paws in Prison program reduces the number of animals who perish by better preparing them to be loving, obedient and adoptable pets. The program gives inmates the skills necessary to support successful rehabilitation and reentry – and ultimately improves public safety. At the same time, this is an opportunity for the inmates to do something positive for the communities of Arkansas. Since the program began December 8, 2011, ADC has seen a positive impact on daily interactions between inmates and employees, which ultimately improves security inside the prison.

ADC modeled its program after a similar one in the Missouri prison system.  In August 2011, a four-person team representing ADC traveled to Missouri to see first-hand how that program operates and get ideas on how to implement a successful program in Arkansas. The group included Board of Corrections Vice Chair Mary Parker, former ADC Assistant Director Dina Tyler, former ADC Public Information Officer Shea Wilson and Renie Rule, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences executive director of development.

Rule has been instrumental in developing Arkansas’ program and is its founding patron. Without her generous personal donation, the program could not have started when it did.

Paws in Prison is supported by private donations and the sale of recyclables. You can donate online or mail your donation to Paws in Prison, c/o Arkansas Department of Correction, PO Box 8707, Pine Bluff, AR 71611. There is no state budget for the program.

The Advocate

The Advocate is an online publication for employees of the Arkansas Department of Correction (ADC) and is updated by the ADC Communications Office.  In order to view particular categories, choose from the items in the menu located on the left side of this page.  

Employees are encouraged to submit articles, comments, ideas, letters and questions.  Please be aware that all submitted items will be subject to editing and approval by management prior to publication.  However, every effort will be made to maintain the writer's tone and meaning.  In addition, statements contained in this publication are the personal view of the authors and do not necessarily represent the opinion or policies of the ADC.

For past editions of The Advocate newsletter, click here.


Job Opportunities

View all of our available positions or visit Arkansas Goverment Jobs to apply. If you are having problems with ARSJ, please call 1-877-727-3468.


Online Services


The Arkansas Department of Correction offers several online services to citizens.  We've provided a list of them below for your convenience. 

Inmate Search

This is an Inmate Population Information Search tool for locating an inmate within the state of Arkansas.  You can search by several criteria including criminal history, offense category, county and facility. You can review information on how to search the Inmate Population Information.

Inmate Deposit Service

Inmate Deposit Service provides a fast and secure way to deposit funds into an inmates account.  You can deposit money 24/7 online, phone or from your Smartphone. For more information and details visit the Inmate Deposit Service.

Pre-Pay Phone Service

This service allows you to deposit funds into an inmate's Pre-Pay phone service account. You can deposit money 24/7 online, phone or from your Smartphone. For more information and details visit Pre-Pay Phone Service.

Arkansas Correctional Industries (ACI) Catalog

Arkansas Correctional Industries (ACI) Catalog provides quality products and services for tax-supported, non-profit agencies, and state employees. Inmates at ACI acquire technical skills and experience while producing quality products at competitive prices. Take a look at the quality products provided by this online service.

Inmate Database Download

The Inmate Database Download is available for download through the Information Network of Arkansas (INA). The file will be updated and posted each Monday. A $0.10 per record enhanced access fee will be charged.

Arkansas Escape Alert System

The Arkansas Escape Alert System is an automated safety tool that allows citizens living in the vicinity of a Department of Correction unit or Department of Community Correction center, to register for automated notification in the event of an escape from those facilities.

Please view the Arkansas Escape Alert System page for more information and details.

Inmate Email Service

Introducing a convenient and fast way to send messages and photos to your friend or loved one at Arkansas DOC.

Your loved one can now receive emails and photos from you faster than the post office can deliver a letter.  Simply visit to send a message and/or photo to your loved one today!  Access Secure Mail accepts MasterCard and Visa debit and credit cards.  Additional information is located at under Frequently Asked Questions.

Internet Website:

Please Note:  All correspondence is subject to review by the facility staff prior to delivery.  Please ensure that your content is appropriate.  Credits will not be issued for rejected messages

Inmate Package Program

The Inmate Package Program provides a way for one to purchase a food package for incarcerated family members or friends.  During the program period, an inmate can receive up to $100 of goods through participating vendors.

Click on one of these links to redirect to a package vendor.

Re-Entry/Community Services

The Arkansas Department of Correction is dedicated to providing services and programs that will assist inmates in their successful return to the community.  As such, it is hoped that this section of the ADC website will serve as a quick reference resource for information to aid both the families of inmates being released from ADC and the inmates as they return to the community.  Links are provided to a wide variety of agencies and service providers for many of the immediate concerns facing inmates returning to the community from incarceration.

Road To Re-Entry

Medicare Program
Central Arkansas Legal Services
Legal Aid of Arkansas
Arkansas Bar Association
Arkansas Secretary of State
Department of Community Correction

Social Security Administration - Applying for replacement card.

Social Security Administration - Entering the community after incarceration.

Social Security Administration - What prisoners need to know.

Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration
Arkansas Department of Human Services (DHS)
Arkansas Department of Workforce Services
Arkansas Department of Health
Goodwill Industries of Arkansas – Career Services
  • Job Placement
  • Interviewing Preparation
  • Resume Writing Assistance
  • Online Application Support
  • Computer Training
  • Enhance Your Employability 
  • GED Preparation
  • Computer Basics
  • Online Learning Resources
  • Workforce Alliance for Growth in the Economy (WAGE)
    • WAGE Classes Include:
      • GED Instruction
      • Keyboarding
      • Job Preparation
      • Basic Computer Literacy
    • WAGE Certification Include:
      • Clerical
      • Industrial
      • Employability
      • Career Readiness
ACE Arkansas Department of Career Education
WAGE is a work readiness program designed to ensure that unemployed and underemployed Arkansans have the skills necessary to be successful in the workplace.
Arkansas Community Mental Health Centers Contact Information
National Substance Abuse Index
Arkansas Adult Learning Resource Center
Arkansas Food Banks
Arkansas Food Pantries
Arkansas Health Connector Get Informed & Stay Connected
Arkansas NA Meetings
Find AA Meetings in Arkansas
Arkansas Central Office of Alcoholics Anonymous - Select your city
Office of Alcohol & Drug Abuse Prevention - Funded Treatment Programs
Courage to Change Ministries
Rev. DeWayne Hicks, Senior Pastor | Email
Arkansas Association of Two-Year Colleges (AATYC)
Veterans Link at ACE
Department of Higher Education
The Next Step Homeless Shelter
123 N 6th St
Fort Smith, AR 72901


We have provided a number of downloadable resources pertaining to the Arkansas Department of Correction and it's facilities.  The fact brochures provide statistical information about our facilities and the newsletters provide information about current events within the Department of Correction.  We've also provided several reports and forms for your convenience. The constituent services section also provides a guide brochure to help answer questions and address concerns of family members who visit an inmate in an Arkansas facility. In addition, the related links section also provides a number of helpful online resources for your convenience.





The Department of Correction is pleased to provide you with answers to frequently asked questions. The intent of this information is to improve communication and answer questions asked by family members and friends of inmates. We hope you find this information useful and invite you to call any respective areas to answer further questions you may have.


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Prison History and Events

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Effective January 13, Wendy Kelley assumed the role of ADC Director. Kelley had served as Chief Deputy Director since Jan. 2014.  The first female in the role of Chief Deputy Director, Kelley became the first female Director.

Dale Reed became the Chief Deputy Director. Reed is responsible for Emergency Preparedness and the Cummins, Varner, VSM, Ouachita River, Wrightsville, Pine Bluff, RLW, and Ester Units.

ADC gathered at the Pine Bluff Country Club for the presentation of the 2014 Pinnacle Awards.  Winners are:  Employee of the Year Patty Green-Wrightsville Unit and Ayn Freygang-Central Office; Supervisor of the Year Jason Martin-Farm Division and Debra Scott-Delta Regional Unit; Correctional Supervisor of the Year Rodney King-Pine Bluff Unit and Terry Doyle-East Arkansas Regional Unit; Correctional Officer of the Year Johnnie Harris-Delta Regional Unit and Adam Helm-Ouachita River Correctional Unit; Deputy Warden of the Year Toni Bradley-Wrightsville Unit and Jared Byers-Cummins Unit; Superintendent of the Year Dexter Payne-Wrightsville Unit and Randy Watson-Varner Unit; Director’s Outstanding Service Award Brandon Carroll-Randall L. Williams Unit, Steven Ricketts-Randall L. Williams Unit, Randy Shores-Central Office, Raymond Naylor-Central Office; Director’s Citation of Excellence Award Garrett Scifres-IT, Robert Carter-ACI, Shurrel Freeman-Randall L. Williams Unit and Darren Dill-Cummins Unit.  The following individuals were recognized for their military service: Daniel Mitchell-Benton, Philip Esaw-Cummins, Mark Herndon-Cummins, Connie Heard-Max, Juan Morgan-McPherson, Gunner Pritchard-Ouachita, Rodney Gaynor-RLW, Joseph Walker-RLW, Donald Austin-TRWRC, Marquis Creggett-Tucker, Jeremy Crosby-Tucker, Marcus Watkins-Varner, Austin Ezell-Wrightsville/Hawkins, and Courtney L. McClina-Wrightsville/Hawkins.  These individuals were recognized for their educational achievements: Rory Griffin-Central Office, Cyndi Vent-Central Office, James Mize-EARU, Andrew Ruh-Max, Chase Lettenmaier-McPherson, Karen Payne-NCU, Gary Musselwhite-ORCU, Byrone Miller-PBU, Gloria Traylor-Transportation, Sheila Lowden-Smith-Tucker, Jeremy Andrews-Varner, Jerry Gray-Wrightsville, and Jeannie Lucas-Wrightsville/Hawkins,


Effective Jan. 1, 2014, Wendy Kelley became the Chief Deputy Director.  The first female in the role of Deputy Director, Kelley was responsible for Information Systems, Research/Planning/Policy, Classification/Records, Drug Testing Coordinator, PREA/STTG Coordinator, Inmate Grievance Division, Sex Offender Assessment, the Training Academy, Emergency Preparedness, Paws in Prison, and the Pine Bluff, Randall L. Williams, and Ouachita River Correctional Units.

Rory Griffin became Deputy Director—Health Programs, and George Wilson assumed the role of Administrator of Medical and Dental Services.

While on vacation, K9 Sgt. Kevin Glover was traveling through Pine Bluff when he noticed a person walking and carrying two long guns.   Thinking this was suspicious, Glover notified a Pine Bluff Police Officer-friend.  The guns had been stolen, and this call led to the arrest of the person in suspicion.

Arkansas Department of Correction employees gathered for a festive evening in January at the Governor’s Mansion in Little Rock for the presentation of the 2013 Pinnacle Awards.  Winners were:

Ardella Bearden of the Director’s Staff, Employee of the Year; Teresa Funderburg, Administrative Services, Supervisor of the Year; Stanley Ray Hendon, Northwest Arkansas Work Release Center, Correctional Officer of the Year; Cordall Akins of Randall Williams Unit, Correctional Supervisor of the Year; James ‘Hoot’ Gibson of the Delta Unit, Deputy/Assistant Warden of the Year; Dexter Payne of the Wrightsville Unit, Warden of the Year; Kim Lum of the Delta Unit, Hero Award; Cpl. Heath Branscum, Sgt. Kyle Moody, and Lt. Steven Lively of the North Central Unit, Director’s Citation of Excellence; and the Director’s Outstanding Service Awards were presented to Marvin Evans, Essie Clay, Sandra Kennedy, Lover Polk, Jeremy Andrews, and Jada Lawrence.

Jason Pilkington, a Program Specialist at the Benton Unit, was honored recently by Sonic of East End with their “Thumbs Up of the Month” award.

Legal resources and research was the topic of a new class offered to ADC staff.  Lisa Wilkins, Attorney Supervisor, along with special guest speakers: Communications Counsel Stephanie Harris and Librarian Rod Miller, both from the Arkansas Supreme Court, and Professor of Librarianship Jessie Burchfield from the UALR Bowen School of Law, taught an informational class at Central Office.
ADC employees showed up for the annual Polar Bear Plunge, tug-o-war, and walk/run, a fundraiser benefitting Special Olympics.  Held at Pine Bluff Regional Park, ADC’s ERT, K9 and other employees participated in the day’s events, and our donation to the event was $1,050.

An armory built in Springdale in 1947 became the new home for the Northwest Arkansas Work Release Center (NWAWRC).

ADC teams won top honors.  The 15th annual Southern States Manhunt Field Trials was held in March  at Camp Joseph T. Robinson in North Little Rock.

The North Central Unit in Calico Rock completed their American Correctional Association audit with 100% scores on mandatory and non-mandatory standards.

The recommendation of the renaming of the old Diagnostic Unit in Pine Bluff was approved by the Board of Corrections - in honor of Cpl. Barbara Ester, who was killed by an inmate at the East Arkansas Regional Unit in Brickeys in 2012.

Three ADC employees, Mary Prewitt, Gary Hill, and Sgt. Ray Weatherford, were commended recently by Joe J. Volpe, United States Magistrate Judge.

After the England Middle School was deeded to the ADC, the property was converted into a new training academy – the Willis H. Sargent Training Academy that includes administration space, plenty of classroom space, a living quarter, a conference room, and a gymnasium.

The Delta Regional Unit in Dermott completed their American Correctional Association audit with 100% on mandatory and 99.76% on non-mandatory standards.

The East Arkansas Regional Unit in Brickeys completed their American Correctional Association audit with 100% on both mandatory and non-mandatory standards.

The Mississippi County Work Release Center completed their American Correctional Association audit with 100% mandatory standards and 100% non-mandatory standards.

ADC Central Office K-9 Unit members provided assistance to the Area IX Special Olympics Field and Track Day at the White Hall High School Football Field.

Training to become a member of the elite Emergency Response Team, 30 employees endured 40 hours of harsh physical demands to obtain their ERT pin.

ADC Units celebrated National Correctional Officers, Nurses, and Teacher’s Week by honoring employees across the state for their service.

The 2014 (10th annual) ADC Ball and Chain Challenge golf tournament, sponsored by the employee Associations of the Arkansas Department of Correction and Arkansas Association of Correctional Employees Trust, was held at the Harbor Oaks Golf Course in Pine Bluff.  Proceeds from the event help to support scholarship programs, special events for AACET members and disaster relief services.

Dr. Bill Glover became the new Superintendent of the Arkansas Correctional School, replacing Dr. Dubs Byers, who is retired after 39 years of service.

Runners from the Pine Bluff, Wrightsville and Max Units gathered at Saracen Landing in Pine Bluff to carry the torch in the Jefferson County leg of the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Arkansas.

The ADC responded with help when the state suffered some of the heaviest damage and the largest number of deaths from a storm that swept across a large swath of the Plains and Midwest in late April.

ADC received ‘checks’ symbolic of energy savings and incentives from CenterPoint Energy and Entergy.  The checks for energy efficiency incentives total close to $400,000 from all efforts combined and amount to savings of about $ 2.8 million.

ADC staff stayed busy searching for inmate Timothy Buffington, a trusty inmate assigned to the Pine Bluff Unit who left his work assignment on June 21. He was taken into custody September 18.

ADC Director Ray Hobbs was sworn in as president of the Southern States Correctional Association at the 45th annual conference held in Savannah, Ga.

John “Mark” Wheeler was named the new Assistant Director - Re-entry.

Sgt. Darren Dill of the Cummins Unit was one of the recipients of the North American Association of Wardens and Superintendents (NAAWS) Medal of Valor.  Dill displayed the true meaning of valor through his actions September 5, 2913 when he entered into an existing fight between inmates and officers and took control of an inmate wielding a knife.

The fourth annual ADC horse auction was held at the Saline County Fairgrounds in Benton, bringing in $21,095.

ADC Central Office and Administration Annex East completed ACA audits with 100% in mandatory standards and 100% in non-mandatory standards.

The Board of Corrections selected former ADC Director Larry Norris to serve as interim director when Director Ray Hobbs retired in November.

The 25th Annual Red Ribbon Walk/Run, sponsored by the ADC, was held at Jefferson Wellness Center at Jefferson Regional Medical Center in Pine Bluff. Proceeds from the 5K run will allow for scholarships to be awarded to graduating high school seniors, either from the county or the child of an ADC employee.


It’s been one hundred years since our first execution.

A familiarization class began at the Training Academy for families of BCOT students.

Entergy Arkansas presented the Arkansas Board of Corrections with a rebate check for $27,910 in January for the Department of Correction’s conservation efforts.

The 2012 Pinnacle Award winners are: Kenneth DeWitt, McPherson Unit, Employee of the Year; John Maples, Tucker Unit, Correctional Officer of the Year; Dream Redic-Young, Ouachita River Unit, Supervisor/Administrator of the Year; Merlin Fitzpatrick, Cummins Unit, Correctional Supervisor of the Year; Nurzuhal Faust, McPherson, Deputy/Assistant Warden of the Year;  Danny Burl, East Arkansas Unit, Warden of the Year; Norma Gillom, Ouachita River Unit, Director’s Citation of Excellence; Gaylon Lay, Cummins Unit, Director’s Citation of Excellence; Serena McCoy, Delta Regional Unit, Director’s Citation of Excellence; and the Director’s Outstanding Service Awards were presented to Sheila Sharp, Wendy Kelley, Leon Starks, and Larry May.

The Bureau of Prisons in Forrest City requested assistance Jan. 31 from the Arkansas Department of Correction K9 Narcotic Interdiction Unit to search for narcotics/tobacco utilizing canines in its Low Security and the Camp Facilities. K9 teams consisted of Sgt. James Mize and K9 Jack, Sgt. Brian Cockrell and K9 Missi, and Sgt. Michael Richardson and K9 Dexter, along with FCC-Forrest City prison staff.

Construction continued at the North Central Unit in Calico Rock. The project consists of a 100-bed barracks and an area for four additional classrooms, non-contact visitation and waste water treatment plant improvements.

Assistant Director Grant Harris, state representative to the Southern States Correctional Association, told SSCA’s Membership Committee that Arkansas currently has 490 members, making it the largest state representation of the 14-state organization.

ADC teams won top honors at the 14th annual Southern States Manhunt Field Trials March 4-8 at Camp Joseph T. Robinson in North Little Rock.  ADC teams took all four places in the pack division (first through fourth—ORCU, Tucker, EARU, Cummins), all four places in the multi-leash division (first through fourth—ORCU, Tucker, Central Office, EARU), three of the four places in the single division (Tucker first, Newport third, Cummins fourth) and all four places in the narcotics division (first through fourth—Sgt. J. Mize, Sgt. D. Reap, Sgt. M. Richardson, Lt. T.A. Moore).

Norway’s Correction System officials toured Arkansas facilities in March to gain insight into eOMIS functions. Norway Corrections is considering the purchase of the electronic Offender Management Information System for use in their country and had requested to observe how different areas utilize the offender tracking system in daily operations. 

The Paws in Prison program broke new ground with a 1-year-old flat-coated retriever named Korie, trained at the Ouachita River Correctional Unit to be a “reading dog.” A reading dog promotes reading by sitting with a child while he or she is learning to read. 

Across the State the ADC honored its employees for their service as correctional officers, nurses and teachers in conjunction with the National Correctional Officers and Employees Week and Nurses and Teacher’s Appreciation Week May 6-10. Units celebrated with breakfasts, luncheons, cookouts, pizzas, barbecues, cakes and awards.

Assistant Director Dina Tyler was recognized with a Capitol Citation for her contributions to Arkansas. The request for the citation was made by former state Sen. Bobby Glover, who serves on the Board of Corrections.

ADC officers participated in the filming of a training video to be produced by Savant Learning Systems of Martin, Tenn.  The filming took place in the old Diagnostic Unit in Pine Bluff.

The 2013 ADC Ball and Chain Challenge golf tournament swung into action in May. The ninth annual event, sponsored by the employee Associations of ADC and Arkansas Association of Correctional Employees Trust, was held at the Harbor Oaks Golf Course in Pine Bluff. Kevin Murphy, executive director of AACET, said the event raised more than $50,000 net.

ADC employees and Arkansas State Troopers successfully carried the torch on May 23, 2013, from Saracen Landing in Pine Bluff to the Pulaski County line in the 2013 Jefferson County Law Enforcement Torch Run for Arkansas Special Olympics.

Farm Administrator Mark McCown said the Agriculture Division spans the Cummins Unit, Tucker Unit, Wrightsville Unit, East Arkansas Regional Unit, Varner Unit, Maximum Security Unit, North Central Unit, Pine Bluff Unit, Ouachita River Unit, Grimes Unit and Delta Unit.  Each year there are approximately 21,500 acres in farming production.

The first APAL (Advanced Principles & Application for Life, a re-entry program) graduation was held at the Hawkins Unit. 

Rebate checks were presented during the June Board of Corrections meeting at the Hawkins Center for Women.  Assistant Director Leon Starks of the Construction and Maintenance Division said conservation efforts mean a three-quarter million dollar annual savings to ADC. 

The ADC made a commitment to utilize inmate work crews when possible to glean donated fruits and vegetables and partnered efforts with the Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance. ADC typically stays busy from June through October helping with gleaning projects. Prisons geographically close to the farms with donated crops respond to assistance requests. 

The North Central Unit in Calico Rock became the exclusive location for ADC’s horse program — the breeding and training ground which will supply the other units with work horses.

The ADC moved up to the top notch - blue (all characteristics and all key indicators) on the PBMS (Performance Based Measure System) map.  PBMS is a hierarchical typology of performance standards, measures and key indicators of critical practices that was designed to translate the missions and goals of correctional agencies into a set of measurable outcomes.

England Middle School was deeded to the ADC, and plans began to turn the former school into a new training academy.  

ADC Assistant Director Dina Tyler transferred on Aug. 26 to the Arkansas Department of Community Correction. She is now deputy director of public services with that agency.

Bark at Dark, a benefit auction for Paws in Prison, brought in  $25,000 on September 10. 

The production of a new chicken layer facility began at the Cummins Unit.  The facility was designed to meet ADC’s current egg requirements and at the same time produce a surplus that could be sold to generate income for the Agriculture Division.

Director Ray Hobbs received the Legacy Award from the Association of Women Executives in Corrections at the 17th annual Membership Training Institute in Phoenix, Arizona.

Northwest Arkansas Work Release Center began renovations to old Springdale National Guard Armory in order to house 100 work release inmates at the facility.

Sgt. Tashayla Jackson was ‘pinned’ as ADC’s first female K9 handler.

The third annual ADC horse auction, held at the Saline County Fairgrounds in Benton, was a success bringing in $28,662.  Thirty-three horses, colts and mules sold.

The 24th Annual Red Ribbon Walk/Run, sponsored by the ADC, was held Oct. 12 at Jefferson Wellness Center at Jefferson Regional Medical Center in Pine Bluff.  Proceeds from the 5K run allow for scholarships to be awarded to graduating high school seniors, either from Jefferson County or the child of an ADC employee.

The Pine Bluff Unit and Randall L. Williams Correctional Facility completed their audit with 100% mandatory standards and 99.3% non-mandatory standards met. 
The Northwest Arkansas Work Release Center completed their ACA audit with 100% on the mandatory standards and 99.5% on non-mandatory standards.  

The Texarkana Regional Correction Center completed its re-accreditation audit and received 100% in both mandatory and non-mandatory standards.

Arkansas Correctional Industries completed their ACA audit with 100% scores on mandatory and non-mandatory standards.  

The Wrightsville/Hawkins Complex completed their ACA audit with 100% mandatory standards and 100% non-mandatory standards.  

The Tucker Unit for completed their ACA audit with 100% mandatory standards and 100% non-mandatory standards.  

Public scrutiny of the state’s probation and parole agency had a major impact on ADC’s prison population. The more parolees who return to prison, the more bed space ADC needs. ADC has topped its historic population high.

Mike Carraway returned to the Arkansas Department of Correction as Assistant Director over Administrative Services on Oct. 27, 2013.

Through the years, ADC agriculture has harvested pecans - completely by hand.  While we will continue harvesting some areas by hand, we are now using mechanical harvesters.
Chief Deputy Director Larry May retired in December. 


The Arkansas prison farms at Cummins and Varner were the feature story in the July-August 2011 issue of the Arkansas Farm Bureau’s Front Porch magazine. FEMA provided funds to the ADC to help offset the costs of repairs to the Tucker, Grimes and McPherson Units in addition to monies received to repair roads and structural damages to the East Arkansas Regional Unit from storm damages. The Arkansas’ Old State House Museum received the Award of Merit (the highest form of recognition presented to any institution for an exhibit, program or publication by the American Association for State and Local History) for its exhibit: Badges, Bandits and Bars: Arkansas Law and Justice. The exhibit, offered a compelling look into the police and prison systems through over 900 artifacts and photos including the state’s two electric chairs, seized gaming equipment and inmate weapons, to the original gavel used by the now-famous “Hanging” Judge Isaac Parker. The Maximum Security Unit held a grand opening for its new chapel November 2011. The first ADC Horse Auction was held November 19th at the Saline County Fairgrounds in Benton. The event raised about $35,000. On Roosevelt Road in Little Rock a new barracks was opened for the housing of inmates assigned to daily supervision by the Arkansas State Police with work assignments in the Little Rock area. The Pine Bluff Unit School was the fifth Correctional Unit in the United States to successfully deliver a GED test via the computer. The inmate who took the test via the computer was Travis Warren. He scored 660 on the social studies test, which was in the 95th percentile. With this milestone, the correctional school system began the process of transitioning from paper and pencil tests to computer based testing. PAWS in Prison started on December 8, 2011, at the Maximum Security Unit, Ouachita River Correctional Facility and the Randall L. Williams Correction Facility. On December 13th, PAWS in Prison was added at the Hawkins Center for Women. The Diagnostic Unit was closed in January 2012. The Board of Corrections made the decision to open the SNU (Special Needs Unit) at the Ouachita River Correctional Unit, which is the first of its kind in the country. Corporal Barbara Ester was fatally stabbed January 20, 2012, by Inmate Latavious Johnson at East Arkansas Regional Unit.

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Board of Corrections

Board of Corrections Phone Number
Board Office 870-267-6754
Compliance Attorney 870-267-6752
Administrative Assistant 870-267-6754
Correctional School System 870-267-6741
Riverside Vocational Technical School 870-267-6900
Arkansas Correctional School 870-267-6725
Board of Corrections | Board Members Appointment Date
Benny Magness, Chairman January 13, 1999
Bobby Glover, Vice Chairman February 16, 2011
Buddy Chadick, Secretary February 22, 2013
Tyronne Broomfield February 29, 2011
John Felts January 1, 2011
Dr. William "Dubs" Byers January 23, 2015
Whitney Gass February 14, 2017
The Arkansas Board of Corrections is comprised of seven (7) members appointed by the Governor for seven year staggered terms. Board members may be reached by contacting Shari Gray, Administrative Assistant, Arkansas Board of Corrections, P.O. Box 20550, White Hall, AR 71612. Phone 870-267-6754.

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Agency Vision

The vision of the Arkansas Department of Correction is to be an honorable and professional organization through ethical and innovative leadership at all levels, providing cost efficient, superior correctional services that return productive people to the community.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Arkansas Department of Correction is to provide public safety by carrying out the mandate of the courts, provide a safe humane environment for staff and inmates, strengthen the work ethic through teaching of good habits, and provide opportunities for staff and inmates to improve spiritually, mentally, and physically. 

Agency Goals

Agency Goal 1:   To maintain cost efficient care, custody, and control over all inmates in an appropriate, safe, humane, and secure environment.
Agency Goal 2: To provide appropriate facilities for inmates sentenced by the courts.
Agency Goal 3: To provide constructive correctional opportunities for inmates to successfully return to the community.
Agency Goal 4: To optimize inmate assignments in work programs.
Agency Goal 5: To attract and retain quality staff.
Agency Goal 6: To insure compliance with all local, State and Federal laws as well as Governor’s   Policy Directives, Administrative Regulations and Administrative Directives, and to provide accountability, integrity and efficiency for all agency operations.

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Director's Message

Director Wendy KelleyWelcome to the Arkansas Department of Correction website. 

We are charged with carrying out the mandates of the courts and are one piece of the criminal justice system in Arkansas. We operate accredited facilities throughout the State of Arkansas with the hard work and dedication of our ADC staff. We know the mission of the Department is a critical piece of public safety for the citizens of Arkansas. 

Please enjoy your visit to our website. We plan to continue updating and expanding the information that you find here. I hope you will find it both instructive and beneficial.

Wendy Kelley

Title Office Division
Administrative Annex East South of Pine Bluff on Harding Avenue
Barbara Ester Unit West of Pine Bluff, off West 7th St. (Pine Bluff Complex) in Jefferson County.
Benton Unit 5 miles south of Benton, off Hwy 67. in Saline Co.
Central Office West of Pine Bluff on Princeton Pike Road in Jefferson Country
Cummins Unit 28 miles south of Pine Bluff, off Highway 65 in Lincoln Co.
Delta Regional Unit 50 miles southeast of Pine Bluff in Chicot Co.
East Arkansas Regional Unit Location Approx. 17 miles southeast of Forrest City in Lee County
Grimes Unit Four miles northeast of Newport, off Highway 384 in Jackson County.
J. Aaron Hawkins Sr. Center 10 miles south of Little Rock, off Highway 365 in Wrightsville (Pulaski Co.)
Maximum Security Unit 25 miles northeast of Pine Bluff, off Hwy. 15 in Jefferson County.
McPherson Unit Four miles northeast of Newport, off Highway 384 in Jackson County.
Mississippi County Work Release Center 1 mile west of Luxora, off Meadow Road in Mississippi Co.
North Central Unit 10 Prison Circle, Calico Rock, AR 72519
Northwest Arkansas Work Release Center City Administration Bldg., at Springdale in Washington Co.
Ouachita River Unit 2.3 miles south of downtown Malvern, off Highway 67 South.
Pine Bluff Re-Entry Center West of Pine Bluff, off West 13th St., in Jefferson County.
Pine Bluff Unit West of Pine Bluff, off West 7th St. (Pine Bluff Complex) in Jefferson Co.
Randall L. Williams Correctional Facility West of Pine Bluff, off West 7th St., (Pine Bluff Complex) in Jefferson Co.
Texarkana Regional Correction Center 305 East 5th Street Texarkana, AR
Tucker Re-Entry for Women 25 miles northeast of Pine Bluff, off Highway 15 in Jefferson County.
Tucker Unit 25 miles northeast of Pine Bluff, off Highway 15 in Jefferson Co.
Varner/Varner Supermax Unit 28 miles south of Pine Bluff off Highway 65 in Lincoln County.
Willis H. Sargent Training Academy 1500 NE 1st St England, AR 72046
Wrightsville Unit 10 miles south of Little Rock, off Highway 365 in Wrightsville (Pulaski Co.)

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Arkansas Department of Correction
P.O. Box 8707
Pine Bluff, AR 71611-8707
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