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Inmate Programs 

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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 Management Barracks

Description: A gradual step-down residential treatment program for inmates with mental health needs, i.e., suicidal ideation or for inmates who have an acute/treatable mental health issue that are in need of crisis management or who require more supervision than can be provided while being housed in the general population.
Capacity: Approximately 34 males
Impact: Cummins
Requirements: Mental Health referrals
Staff: Mental Health
  • Individual and Group Counseling
  • Medication Management
  • Psycho-educational Group
  • Life Skills
  • Management of at Risk Behavior
  • Transitional Work Assignments
Comments: This program also, handles acute suicidal management cases for other units with in the Department. Less structured than Special Programs Unit.

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 substance abuse treatment program using a modified therapeutic community residential settings. These programs have strictly defined roles of responsibilities for participants, sanctions for inappropriate behaviors, and positive reinforcement for prosocial behaviors.
Capacity: Approximately 120 males at Tucker
Approximately 45 males at Wrightsville
Approximately 50 females at McPherson
Impact: Tucker, Wrightsville, McPherson
Requirements: Identified substance abuse problem through screening and assessment Classification status I, II, or III
Disciplinary free for 90 days
Initial 60 day assignment completed
Staff: Substance Abuse Treatment Staff
  • Educational Classes
  • Encounter Group Therapy
  • Relapse Intervention
  • Addiction/Criminal Thinking Reduction
  • Reality Therapy
  • Confrontation Groups
  • Psychosocial Development
  • Personality Development Curriculum
  • Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy Groups
  • Journaling
Comments: A viable method of treating a relapsing criminial substance abuse population. Based on Bio-psychosocial and Relapse Intervention Education (Rational Emotive Therapy Curriculum), Criminal Thought Reduction, and Prosocial Personality Development. Licensed by the Division of Behavioral Health Services Alcohol/Drug Abuse Prevention.

Substance Abuse Treatment Program (SATP)

Description: A 3-4 month residential treatment program, based on cognitive/reality therapy of treatment for chemical dependency. The program at Boot Camp has been modified for the population served.
Capacity: Approximately 360 treatment beds
Impact: System wide
Requirements: Assessed as being alcohol/drug dependent
Class I, II or III classification status
Completion of initial 60 day assignment
Disciplinary free 90 days
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
Comments: This program licensed by the Arkansas Bureau of Alcohol/Drug Abuse Prevention. The program has been enhanced by the addition of a modified therapeutic community (CSATP/TC) and added positions through federal grants.

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)

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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