Grimes Unit Employees Help Their Own Through Food Drive
In their ongoing efforts of striving for excellence, the employees of the Grimes Unit in Newport collected more than 1,000 food items for the ADC’s annual Santa Central Food Drive! Each year, the food drive benefits Department employees in need of a little extra assistance during the holiday season. Way to show you care, Grimes Family!
Max Unit Hosts Inmate Town Hall Meeting
Warden Culclager conducted a Town Hall Meeting with inmates housed in the Maximum Security Unit’s Barracks 1 on November 6, 2018 and Barracks 9 and 11 on November 8th. The purpose of the event was to discuss issues of concern within the inmate population, including the use of K2, unit jobs, and visitation. The inmates were also invited to share suggestions that they feel could help the unit.
The events were held in the unit’s gym and refreshments, provided by the unit kitchen, were served to all participants.
Warden Culclager plans to hold future Town Hall Meetings with other representatives of the unit population in a desire to build unit morale and trust, as well as address problem solving and the fostering of mentors to work with inmates who struggle with addictions.
Staff who attended the November 6th event included Deputy Warden Todd Ball, Major Randle, Unit Accreditation Specialist Faith Willoughby, Grievance Officer Brendetta Tucker, and ADC Chief Deputy Director Dale Reed.
Warden Culclager, Deputy Warden Todd Ball, Major Randle, Captain Westmoreland and Grievance Officer Brendetta Tucker served as the staff panel for the November 8th Town Hall Meeting.
EARU Inmate Council Sponsors Veterans Day Program
On November 8, 2018, the East Arkansas Regional Unit (EARU) Inmate Council sponsored a Veterans Day program honoring inmates at the unit who formerly served in the military.
Chaplain Arlene Parham, who is also in the military reserve of the United States Armed Forces, served as the master of ceremonies for the event, which was held in the chapel.
EARU Lieutenant Tyrone Allison, who is also a sergeant in the Army Reserve, served as the program’s guest speaker. William Brewer, an Inmate Council member and veteran, also spoke. The event concluded with the inmates being served lunch as they viewed the movie, Hacksaw Ridge.
Grimes Unit Supporting Students in Area School Districts
The Arkansas Department of Correction’s Grimes Unit is showing support to the community by helping area students kick off the 2018-2019 school year on the right foot.
The service project got underway on July 28, 2018 when the Grimes Unit Greyhounds softball team hosted a co-ed softball tournament. The softball event raised more than $1000, which was used to purchase school supplies and equipment for Jackson County students.
Before the new school year started, representatives of the Grimes team visited Newport High School and met with Principal Terri Kane and her staff to donate supplies for their computer lab, as well as backpacks and school supplies for students in need. Additionally, team members paid a visit to Tuckerman High School and met with Principal Michael Holland to donate school supplies there as well!
The unit’s involvement isn’t ending with donations of school supplies. Plans are underway for staff members to regularly meet with troubled youth in the Jackson County School District throughout the year to implement a program called “Breaking the Cycle,” which is designed to help get them back on the right track.
The recipients are very grateful for the generosity demonstrated by the Grimes Unit towards the Newport and Jackson County School Districts.
A big thank you goes to the Grimes Unit Greyhounds softball team for raising the funds to get the ball rolling on such a worthwhile cause!
The Grimes Unit Greyhounds raised money to purchase school supplies and equipment
for area students by hosting their first-ever co-ed softball tournament!
School supplies of all types were donated to the Jackson County and Newport school districts by the Grimes Unit.
Principal Michael Holland of Tuckerman High School visited with Grimes Unit Deputy Warden Steven Ricketts (left photo)
and Warden DeAngelo Earl when they dropped off a donation of school supplies.
East Arkansas Regional Unit Participates in Community Back-to-School Event
On August 2, 2018, East Arkansas Regional Unit (EARU) Deputy Warden Emmer Branch was one of the guest speakers at the “Making Ways for the Future” banquet. The banquet was sponsored by the Lee County Men of Action and the Lee County Sheriff’s Department.
During her speech, Deputy Warden Branch encouraged the youth in attendance to be respectful, obedient, to do their best in school and to always dream big. At the conclusion of the event, she gave away two backpacks filled with school supplies! The recipients – an elementary student and a Jr. High student – were selected in a random drawing.
Thanks for positively representing the EARU unit and making a difference in your community, Deputy Warden Branch!