Arkansas State Jails
Situated in the western south-central area of the United States, Arkansas ranks 29th in size amongst the 50 states, bordered by Missouri, Tennessee and Mississippi on the East, Louisiana and Texas in the South and South West, Oklahoma on the West and Missouri on the North, Arkansas has a population of approximately 2.9 million with a crime rate about 15% higher than the national average rate. Property crimes account for around 88.4% of the crime rate in Arkansas which is 16% higher than the national rate. The remaining 13.7% are violent crimes and are about 10% higher than other states.
Throughout Arkansas' 75 counties there are 82 jail facilities, mostly managed by the sheriff's office. The combined rated capacity of facilities is 8,616 inmates. State standards are enforced by the Criminal Detention Facilities Review Committee.
Population in Jail:
Arkansas has a rate 16% higher than the national average of incarcerated adults per 100,000, whilst the average number of probationers per 100,000 people is 23% lower than the national average and their average number of parolees per 100,000 people is 66% higher than the national rate.
In 2009 taxpayers paid 23% less than the other states per inmate at a cost of $21,969 in comparison to the national average of $28,689.
The Pulaski County Detention Facility is located in Little Rock, Arkansas is the largest county detention facility in Arkansas. Opened in 1994 it houses more than 900 detainees daily, they are the only long-term detention facility in Pulaski County and support twelve law enforcement agencies and thirty-three state and local courts.
Arkansas Community-based correctional centers are currently located in Little Rock, Texarkana, Osceola, and Pine Bluff, and provide a balance between "punishment" and a program to help offenders become law-abiding members of society. These centers offer classes in substance abuse education, sobriety, relapse prevention, parenting, domestic violence, self-esteem, anger management, and a variety of employment skills.
The Technical Violator Program (TVP) provides an alternative punishment for offenders who commit technical parole violations. The TVP provides approximately 60 days of residential confinement followed by 12 months of applied programming in a community setting. The resident will work with a counselor to identify factors contributing to his/her parole violations and develop strategies for achieving and maintaining compliance.