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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.
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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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