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Commencement Ceremony Held for Arkansas Correctional School District 2017-2018 GED Graduates

The Arkansas Correctional School District held a graduation ceremony at the Ouachita River Correctional Unit for inmates who received a GED during the 2017-2018 academic year on Thursday, May 3, 2018.

Ms. Stacy Leeds, J.D., Interim Vice Chancellor for Economic Development and Dean of the School of Law at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, gave the commencement address.

The Arkansas Correctional School District dates back to 1973 with the passage of Act 279 of 1973. The purpose of the act was to provide “elementary, secondary, and vocational technical education to all persons incarcerated in the Department of Correction facilities who are not high school graduates, irrespective of age...” Since 2006, the District has produced more than 8,500 GED graduates, with several hundred more added to that number with the latest graduation!




Grimes Unit Employees Participate in Race

On Sat., April 7, 2018, Matthew Watson (left), Sgt. Christopher Stump, and Corporal Harmon of the Grimes Unit participated in the 5th Annual Downtown Dash 10K/5K in Little Rock! The theme of the race, which was presented by the Junior League of Little Rock (JLLR), was “Celebrating JLLR’s Super Service in the Community.

Blood Drive Held at Grimes Unit

A blood drive for the American Red Cross was held at the Grimes Unit on April 3, 2018. Those who donated blood were entered into a drawing for $50. Mrs. Sonya Douglas was the lucky winner in the drawing and Deputy Warden Steven Ricketts (left) and Mr. Antonio Garcia presented Mrs. Douglas with a check for $50!


Memorial for Corporal Barbara Ester

 The East Arkansas Regional Unit observed a moment of silence in memory of fallen officer Cpl. Barbara Ester on Friday, January 19, 2018. .

Cpl. Ester died January 20, 2012  from a fatal stab by an inmate at the East Arkansas Regional Unit.

Though gone from our presence, her memory will forever be etched in the walls of the  East Arkansas Unit and her legacy will always be honored by the Arkansas Department of Correction.



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