Maximum Security Unit Team Visits Little Rock Job Corps Center
Job Corps is a no-cost education and career technical training program administered by the U.S. Department of Labor that teaches eligible young people the skills they need to become employable and independent and place them in meaningful jobs or further their education. Instructors with the Job Corps also offer assistance in placing students into their prospective fields.
In addition to the areas of information technology and hospitality, the Little Rock Job Corps Center provides training in the field of Security and Protective Services. On June 22nd, a team from the Maximum Security Unit visited the center in Little Rock where they talked to students about the benefits of working at the unit. Even students studying other trades who attended the presentation expressed interest in the information that was shared. The visiting Maximum Security Unit staff members ended the day having assisted more than 11 students in completing online job applications!
We’re looking forward to a continued partnership with the Job Corps Center in filling our job vacancies with qualified individuals who are dedicated to carrying out the mission of the ADC.
Little Rock Job Corps Center employee Sgt. Thelma Dixon assisted applicants with the online process (above).
Maximum Security Unit employees Lt. Brandon Davis (above left) and
Sgt. Latoris Willis (above right) shared with Little Rock Job Corps Center students about their experiences.
Delilah Ingram of the Maximum Security Unit Human Resources office (above left) and
Deputy Warden Richard Ball (above right) spoke about the benefits of a career with the ADC.
Fellowship Awarded to ADC Psychologist
Congratulations to ADC’s Mike Wood, Ph.D., a supervising psychologist with the Sex Offender Community Notification Assessment Program (SOCNA), for being honored as a Fellow with the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers (ATSA).
An ATSA fellowship is an honorary designation that recognizes ATSA members who have gone above and beyond in their dedication to their profession and their contributions to the Association.
In a letter addressed to Dr. Wood, the ATSA stated in part, “Your dedication to our organization is greatly appreciated, and your dedication to the field of sexual abuse makes an impact on our community and world. Thank you for all that you do.”
SOCNA Administrator Sheri J. Flynn, MS, LSW, has worked with Dr. Wood for more than 18 years and feels that he brings a lot to both SOCNA and the. She shared, “He has taught me volumes through lengthy discussions, recommended reading, conducting research, and by example. He continues to teach me and our staff daily. We have reason to be very proud and honored to have him.
As a newly-appointed Fellow, Dr. Wood will be publicly recognized at the annual ATSA Annual Research and Treatment Conference planned for October 17- 20, 2018 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
Congratulations on achieving this great distinction, Dr. Wood!
Ester Unit Correctional Officers and Employees Week 2018
The Ester Unit in Pine Bluff honored their wonderful staff members with a feast of fish and all the trimmings in observance of National Correctional Officers and Employees Week 2018! A cake featuring the image of the late Barbara Ester, for whom the facility was named, was served as well. The ADC K-9 Unit was invited to take part in the celebration in appreciation for all of their hard work and dedication that they demonstrate every time that they are called! When all was said and done, there was so much food remaining that the Ester Unit was able to share with their neighbors at the Randall L. Williams Unit!
Grimes Unit Correctional Officers and Employees Week 2018
The employees at Newport’s Grimes Unit strive for excellence every day. It’s only fitting for their hard work and dedication to be recognized and celebrated during National Correctional Officers and Employees Week observed May 7th-11th! In addition to doughnuts and a meal catered by the Rib Crib in Searcy that was enjoyed by everyone, a drawing to give away six 32” televisions was held! There was a winner from each of the four shifts, as well as two support staff members. Certificates were also awarded to officers selected by their peers from each shift in different recognition categories. All of the efforts served as symbols of gratitude to the officers at Grimes who come to work each day and keep their fellow co-workers, the inmates, and the community safe. A big thank you goes to the unit’s Employee Corporation for the recognition provided to the officers and support staff throughout the week.
SHIFT AWARD WINNERS WERE AS FOLLOWS:
BEYOND THE CALL OF DUTY – Randy Anderson
HUMANITARIAN – Brandy Elliott
BEST ATTITUDE – Joann Sample
MAJOR’S OUTSTANDING SERVICE AWARD – Katrina Evans
(Not Pictured: ATTENDANCE – Michael Burgess, BEST REPORT WRITER – Brianna Lamb, and OFFICER OF THE SHIFT – Matt Turnbough)
BEST ATTITUDE and MAJOR’S OUTSTANDING SERVICE AWARD – Payton McAdams
BEST REPORT WRITER – Jasmina Morton
ATTENDANCE – Allen Wallace
OFFICER OF THE SHIFT – Willie Harris
(Not Pictured: HUMANITARIAN – John Alexander and BEYOND THE CALL OF DUTY – Johnny Morris)
BEST ATTITUDE – Keith Loftin
BEST REPORT WRITER – Ashley King
OFFICER OF THE SHIFT – Trenton Marler
HUMANITARIAN – Justin Simmons
MAJOR’S OUTSTANDING SERVICE – Jerry Fraser
ATTENDANCE – Ralph Sterling
(Not Pictured: BEYOND THE CALL OF DUTY – Bettie Hubbard)
BEST ATTITUDE – Jason Wooldridge
BEYOND THE CALL OF DUTY – Shannon McFarland
OFFICER OF THE SHIFT – Robert Thompson
BEST REPORT WRITER and MAJOR’S OUTSTANDING SERVICE – Desiree Luffler
HUMANITARIAN – Thresia Bumpers
ATTENDANCE – Danny Utley
TELEVISION WINNERS WERE AS FOLLOWS:
[LEFT PHOTO]: Matt Turnbough, "A" Shift
[RIGHT PHOTO]: Willie Harris, "B" Shift
[LEFT PHOTO]: Devin Faucett, "C" Shift
[RIGHT PHOTO]: Nathan Williams, "D" Shift
[LEFT PHOTO]: LaRita Clark, Unit Administration
[RIGHT PHOTO]: Calvin Carter, Utility Staff
East Arkansas Regional Unit Correctional Officers and Employees Week 2018
The East Arkansas Regional Unit (EARU) celebrated National Correctional Officers and Employees Week 2018 by hosting a fiesta-themed luncheon for employees! Members of the agency’s management team were on hand for the celebration as unit awards for the year were presented. Employees were also recognized for their years of service and dedication to the ADC. It was a fun time of celebration for all in attendance!
CONGRATULATIONS to the following EARU award recipients for 2018:
Warden’s Outstanding Award:
• Lonetta Howard
• Cpl. Bobbie Troup
• Cpl. Brenda Jackson
Correctional Officer of the Year:
• Sgt. Angela Lee
Correctional Supervisor of the Year:
• Lt. Douglas Swiney
Employee of the Year:
• Chanaka Smith
Supervisor of the Year:
• Raja Rogers
Derrick Bailey (left), Kimyata Randle, Valarie Westbrook, Rashonda Smith, Vermarsha Stewart, Tashor Kelly, Jeri Martin, Geneva Jones, Heather Dunlap and Essie Clay got into the spirit of the fiesta-themed luncheon!
[LEFT PHOTO]: A few of the EARU staff members who enjoyed the fiesta included Cpl. Joseph Martinez, Cpl. Glenda Bolden, Cpl. Myron Rhodes, and Sgt. Darrell Morris!
[RIGHT PHOTO]: Capt. Undray Fields, Capt. Tiffany Munn, and Cpl. Brenda Jackson were ready for the luncheon to begin!
No celebration is complete without cake…and EARU served up TWO to honor their staff for their accomplishments!
Here are a couple more images from EARU's fun celebration: