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Beebe High School Class Visits Grimes Unit

A business law class from Beebe High School toured the Grimes Unit on Monday, March 25, 2019. The students were very inquisitive and staff enjoyed sharing with them what they do each day in their line of work.

The Grimes Unit is appreciative of the Beebe School District for allowing their students this opportunity to showcase the corrections profession in an effort to help educate and inform the next generation of citizens!

ORCU Meeting Ends With Prayer for Staff Members

Several staff members at the Ouachita River Correctional Unit (ORCU) have lost loved ones in recent weeks. In a sincere display of compassion to them in this season of loss and grief, the March 18th Monday morning management team meeting closed with a prayer.

Due to favorable response, it has been decided that prayer will start off each week for the management team of ORCU to help lead and guide the staff to make the best decisions for the facility throughout the week.

Mental Health Services Representatives Attend UALR Recruitment Event

Shuvonne Johnson from the Wrightsville Unit and Reginald Pace from the Ouachita River Correctional Unit attended the Career and Internship Fair held at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock on March 5, 2019. The community outreach event was a big success with the two representing the Arkansas Department of Correction’s Mental Health Services, along with many other mental health facilities from across the state, recruiting social workers.

McPherson Representatives Attend Newport Chamber of Commerce Banquet

Warden Toni Bradley, Captain Johnnie Swift, EPC Lieutenant David McClusky, and Major Linda Louis of the McPherson Unit attended the 83rd Annual Newport Area Chamber of Commerce Banquet at the Newport Country Club on January 31, 2019. The event featured a social hour, dinner, auction, and annual awards presentation. Skip Rutherford, Dean of the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service in Little Rock, was the featured speaker.

ADC’s Grimes Unit Represented in New Vision Newport Leadership Program

Lt. David McClusky and Deputy Warden Steven Ricketts of the Grimes Unit (pictured right) were recently selected to participate in the 16th class of the New Vision Newport leadership program.

On February 5, 2019, the class traveled to Little Rock, where they visited the Arkansas State Capitol. The group was able to witness state government at work through legislative session proceedings, and also had the opportunity to meet Governor Asa Hutchinson, Senator Ronald Caldwell, and Arkansas Auditor Andrea Lea.

The class also made a stop at the offices of the Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas, where they learned about what the Cooperatives offer the rural areas of Arkansas and the role they play in economic development.

The busy day ended with a tour of the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, which celebrates Arkansas’s African American heritage.

Overall, the trip proved to be informative and beneficial for all who took part.

The purpose of New Vision Newport is to equip new leaders for Newport and Jackson County to be effective in the community. The program is sponsored by the Newport Area Chamber of Commerce, and is strengthened through the support of the Newport Economic Development Commission, the University of Arkansas System Cooperative Extension Service, and other community organizations.

Lt. McClusky and DW Ricketts will graduate from the program in May of this year, and their involvement will no doubt strengthen the Arkansas Department of Correction’s relationship with the community of Newport and Jackson County!


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