Arkansas has a few different types of correctional facilities in the state. First, there are seventeen state prisons in Arkansas. Each varies in demographics, programs, and levels of custody (ranging from minimum to maximum security). Then they have two work release facilities and a reentry building to help ease inmates from confinement back into society. They have a correctional training academy in England, AZ to train officers and staff. Additionally, they have two administrative buildings that house the staff and resources for healthcare, technology, education, and all other programs and services provided.
There are about 8,500 people in Arkansas prisons. Of that total, 85.8% are male and the rest female. The average age when admitted to prison is 35. Sixty-four percent of Arkansas inmates are white, 31.7% are black, 3% are Hispanic, and the rest are other races.
The Arizona Department of Corrections is the agency in charge of Arkansas state prison inmate records. Therefore, anyone wishing to perform an Arkansas state prison inmate search must use the inmate locator feature on their website. The ADC’s mission is stated as: “The Mission of the Arkansas Department of Correction is to provide public safety by carrying out the mandate of the courts; provide a safe, humane environment for staff and inmates; strengthen the work ethic through teaching of good habits; and provide opportunities for staff and inmates to improve spiritually, mentally, and physically.” They use these core values to meet the needs of the community and the inmates:
The Arkansas Department of Corrections works off an annual budget of $351,612,958. Sixty-two percent of that total pays for personnel salaries and benefits. Nineteen percent goes to inmate healthcare, which is another considerable expenditure. Food and supplies for inmates only accounts for about 5.8% of the total budget.
The top reason that someone is in prison in Arkansas is residential burglary. Roughly 10% of inmates committed that crime. After that, drug possession, sale and trafficking are the next most prominent reasons someone is in prison on Arkansas. Then other popular crimes in Arkanas are robbery, failure to appear in court, commercial burglary and then sex crimes and forgery. The average stay of all inmates is eight years, four months, and twenty days. Almost 50% of inmates fall into the low-security category, 33% are medium-security inmates, and only 17.5 are in maximum-security units.