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Arkansas Inmate Search

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How Are Inmate Records in Arkansas Created and Stored?

Arkansas inmate records are created when someone is arrested by local law enforcement. The first document filled out is a RAP sheet which includes personal details like name, address, and phone number and then information pertaining to the crime(s). From there, anything that happens to the prisoner, such as moving to a new location, the file is updated. These files are computerized and kept in a central database for all law enforcement to share, update, and review. The Arkansas Department of Correction is the entity in charge of these records. Inmate records in Arkansas are updated daily and are available for anyone looking to perform an inmate search.

How Does an Arkansas Inmate Locator Work?

The Arkansas Department of Correction has an Arkansas inmate locator feature on their website where visitors can go to find someone incarcerated in the state. The search form is quite elaborate allowing users to search by ADC number (prisoner ID), name, gender, age, race, county, facility, offense and even search for only matches with a photo. The search results show an up-to-the-minute listing of all inmates with mugshots, name, ADC number, race, gender, date of admittance, the facility where they are incarcerated and their birthdate. Users of the system can click on each inmate for even more extensive details. When performing an official Arkansas inmate search, it’s best to start with the state options. Infotracer’s search tool is a great resource to use when searching for inmate records including incarceration, criminal history and arrests.

What Does Arkansas’s Prison System Look Like?

The Arkansas prison system is made up of twenty facilities along with hundreds of staff members whose mission is to protect public safety. Overseen by the Arkansas Department of Correction, the prison system is supervised by Director, Wendy Kelley. Each of its facilities is accredited. The prison structure in Arkansas includes:

  • 17 State Prisons
  • 12 County Jails
  • 6 Private Prison Facilities
  • 1 Federal Prison with two units (low and medium security)
  • 6 Juvenile Detention Centers

One of the state prisons is for women only. Also included in the mix is a maximum-security facility and a supermax unit.

Did you Know?

  • 92% of prison inmates in Arkansas are male, 8% female.
  • From 1979–80 to 2012–13, state and local government expenditures on corrections in Arkansas increased by 519 percent (from $87,151,984 to $539,075,000).
  • As of 2016, there were 1,376 women in Arkansas federal prisons.
  • As of 2016, the reported number of non-U.S. citizens held in custody in Arkansas was 278
  • Between 2007 and 2016, the Arkansas prison population increased by 23%

Types of Jails and Prisons in Arkansas

Arkansas has an abundance of state prisons where they house inmates of all types. Some facilities were explicitly designed to hold dangerous criminals in need of supermax security and others hold white-collar criminals. Some units are just for women. Arkansas has only one federal prison, but it has two sections/buildings; one for low security and one for medium security inmates. The state also has quite a few juvenile detention centers aimed at getting delinquents back on track. There are twelve county jails spread among the 75 state counties. Arkansas also has two work release centers to help prisoners stay busy and re-enter society more smoothly. All inmate records are kept consolidated on one database making it easy to lookup an Arkansas inmate.

How Many People are Locked up in Arkansas?

Arkansas’s prison system holds 17,537 residents in various kinds of correctional facilities, from which 16,151 residents are held in state prisons, 17 in juvenile correctional facilities, and 1,369 in local jails.

Correctional Facilities:Totals:
Juvenile Correctional Facilities17
State Prisons16,151
Local Jails1,369

Arkansas State Prisons

Arkansas has quite a few state prisons, each with different demographics and a specific purpose in mind. They have varying levels of custody and a center for women inmates only. The list is as follows:

  • Barbara Ester Unit - continuing education unit for inmates
  • Benton Unit
  • Cummins Unit
  • Delta Regional Unit
  • East Arkansas Regional Unit
  • Grimes Unit
  • J. Aaron Hawkins, Sr. Center - women’s only prison
  • Maximum Security Unit
  • McPherson Unit
  • North Central Unit
  • Ouachita River Unit
  • Pine Bluff Unit
  • Randall L. Williams Correctional Facility
  • Texarkana Regional Correction Center
  • Tucker Unit
  • Varner/Varner Supermax Unit
  • Wrightsville Unit

Arkansas is highly committed to treatment programs for inmates with addiction problems and continuing education while incarcerated.

How to Perform an Arkansas Prison Inmate Search

The Arkansas Department of Correction website includes an Arkansas prison inmate offender lookup feature that is robust and full of criteria options. The ADOC is the government organization in charge of population data, and they store it online for easy access. To perform an Arkansas inmate offender search to find someone incarcerated in the state, follow the steps below:

  1. Visit the Arkansas Department of Correction website
  2. Find the page labeled “Inmate Population Information Search
  3. Enter either the ADC (prison inmate ID number) or name details
  4. Choose other options like race, gender, age, county, or facility
  5. Hit the search button
  6. Review the results listed in a table
  7. Click each inmate to see the full profile with all details

Arkansas Federal Prisons

Unlike most states, Arkansas has only one federal prison, Forrest City FCC. However, this one complex is split into two divisions. The first is FCI Forest City Low (minimum security), and the other is FCI Forest City Medium (medium security). The low-security facility houses 2,111 inmates, and the medium-security has 968 inmates. Both units have an individual page on the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) website with details about visitation and populations.

How to Search for Federal Prison Inmates

The entire federal prison system is overseen and managed by the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP). Therefore, anyone wanting information about an inmate incarcerated at a federal prison must either contact the BOP directly or visit their website and find a phone number or email address for the facility. Federal prisons have strict rules about visitation and sending gifts or money, and all the details pertaining to that are on the BOP website.

Arkansas County Jails

The state of Arkansas has twelve county jails even though they have 75 total counties. County jails are managed and overseen by the local Sheriff’s Offices in the counties where they reside. The list of county jails in Arkansas includes:

  • Baxter County Jail
  • Benton County Jail
  • Catoosa County Jail
  • Cobb County Jail
  • Columbia County Jail
  • Cross County Jail
  • Independence County Jail
  • Madison County Jail
  • Poinsett County Jail
  • St. Francis County Jail
  • Union County Jail
  • Washington County Jail

Due to overcrowding and the need for reform, many counties are working on a plan of expansion for the jail system to house additional inmates more comfortably.

Arkansas's County and Local Jail Prison Population During 2011-2016 years


How to Perform an Arkansas Jail Inmate Search

Each county jail is under the direction of the local Sheriff’s Office, and therefore anyone wanting to perform an Arkansas jail inmate search on an inmate held in one of their facilities must contact the Sheriff’s Office directly. Many counties have their own website with information on visitation and contact, and some of them have an Arkansas inmate search feature.

Arkansas Juvenile Detention Centers

Arkansas also has six juvenile detention centers to house youth offenders under the age of 18. These centers are all managed and operated by the Arkansas Department of Human Services, and they fall outside the jurisdiction of the ADOC. The list includes:

  • Harrisburg Juvenile Treatment Center - serious offender program for males
  • Mansfield Juvenile Treatment Center/ Mansfield Juvenile Treatment Center for Girls - serious female offenders
  • Dermott Juvenile Treatment Center - high tech center for serious offenders
  • Dermott Juvenile Correctional Facility - short-term facility with a capacity of 32, males only
  • Lewisville Juvenile Treatment Center - specializes in youths with disruptive issues
  • Arkansas Juvenile Assessment & Treatment Center (AJATC) - serves both males and females and has a maximum-security unit for violent offenders. This facility also handles intake for most new juvenile delinquents


Juvenile Population in Custody During 2011-2016 years


How to Search for Juvenile Detention Center Inmates

The Arkansas Department of Human Services has a great website with lots of helpful information for parents and family members of inmates housed at one of the juvenile detention centers around the state. They detail the process for visitation, sending items from home, and phone calls. The general public, however, is not allowed to search for a juvenile inmate in the system. Only law enforcement has access to those records.

Arkansas Release and Supervision Centers

Arkansas has three work release and reentry programs to help inmates adjust to life outside of prison. The three work release facilities are:

  • Pine Bluff Re-Entry Center - only has a capacity of 54.
  • Mississippi County Work Release Center - with a capacity of 121, this unit includes Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)/Narcotics Anonymous (NA) Programs, a GED Program; Regional Maintenance; Substance Abuse Education; and Work Release program.
  • Northwest Arkansas Work Release Center – with a capacity for 100 inmates this facility offers a GED Program; Life Skills, and Work Release.

These facilities are staffed with professionally trained employees to help inmates create meaningful lives after incarceration.

How to Search for Work Release Inmates

The process to perform an Arkansas prison inmate search for inmates who have been moved to a work-release program is the same as for finding an inmate in state prison. Follow the instructions below:

  1. Visit the Arkansas Department of Correction website .
  2. Find the page labeled “Inmate Population Information Search.”
  3. Enter either the ADC (prison inmate ID number) or name details.
  4. Choose other options like race, gender, age, county, or facility.
  5. Hit the search button.
  6. Review the results listed in a table.
  7. Click each inmate to see the full profile with all details.

Why are People Incarcerated in Arkansas?

Roughly 26,000 people are incarcerated in Arkansas. Eighteen-thousand of them are housed in state prison, another 5,300 are in local jails, twenty-three hundred are in federal prison, and the rest are in juvenile detention centers or mental health facilities. People are incarcerated in Arkansas because they broke either state or federal laws. Most offenders of misdemeanors go to short-term facilities or jail, whereas felons go to prison sometimes for life. Ultimately a judge or jury determines a criminal’s fate as the conclusion to their trial in court.

Arkansas’s Incarceration Rate and Statistics

Arkansas’s incarceration rate for year-end 2016 under state prison or local jail jurisdiction per 100,000 population was 583, which is higher than an average incarceration rate by 30%. The number of Arkansas prisoners at the year-end of 2016 was 17,537, from which 8% were female prisoners, whereas the number of male prisoners was 16,161 in 2016.


Where Do Arkansas Inmates Go When They are Released?

Arkansas has an extensive reentry program for inmates who are released back into society. They offer guidance and assistance with education, housing, treatment for addictions or mental illness, and employment. They do not have any state-funded halfway houses, but they do offer information about a homeless shelter for inmates who will not be returning to family or friends. There is a page on the Arkansas Department of Correction’s website with dozens of links for additional information for inmates and families.

How Does Parole Work in Arkansas?

Arkansas defines parole as “early release from state prison to community supervision.” They continue to explain that “The parolee must follow strict conditions of release, which are set by the Parole Board and include reporting to a parole officer. A revocation hearing judge determines if a parolee violates their conditions of supervision and if re-incarceration in prison or a community correction center is appropriate.”

Parole Population

Type of Parole Entry:Number of Parolees:
State Parole Population:23,792
Change in 2016:3%

How Does Someone Get Probation in Arkansas?

When someone is convicted of a crime in Arkansas, the judge determining the sentence can offer an alternative of probation rather than send the offender to prison. Probation is usually set for a term longer than one year. However, the offender must agree to required meetings with a parole officer along with other stipulations. If any of the terms of probation are violated, the offender may be sent to prison for the remainder of their sentence.

Probation Statistics

Type of Parole Entry:Number of Parolees:
State Probation Population:30,881
Change in 2016:6%

5 Most Unsafe Counties in the Area

A list of 5 counties in Arkansas that have the highest arrest rate

CountyCrime Rate
Phillips County2,626.26
Desha County2,389.97
Marion County2,284.84
Izard County2,196.08
Saint Francis County2,190.92

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