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Legislation Protecting Correctional Employees Signed into Law

On Wednesday, April 3, 2019, Governor Asa Hutchinson signed Act 582 of 2019 into law with an Emergency Clause making it effective immediately!

Under this Act, if Battery in the First Degree is committed against an employee of a correctional facility (defined as a person who is employed by or working under a professional services contract with the Department of Correction or Community Correction ), it is a Class Y felony.

This legislation demonstrates that protecting correctional employees from violence in the workplace is a priority of the state.

Gratitude goes to Senator Missy Irvin and Representative Reginald Murdock for sponsoring this legislation.


It was a great honor for former Cpl. James Duke from the Maximum Security Unit and his wife (pictured below with Governor Hutchinson) to be present at the bill signing!

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.

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