After using a justice reinvestment approach, Arkansas passed legislation that creates local crisis stabilization units that will allow people with mental illnesses who commit low-level offenses to receive treatment in the community rather than go to prison. Trained law enforcement officers will be able to divert people into these units, alleviating the jail backlog and reserving bed space in the state’s full prisons for those who are convicted of serious and violent offenses. This publication presents a summary of the justice reinvestment process and legislation.
The report and recommendations issued by the Arkansas Legislative Criminal Justice Oversight Task Force present a series of policy recommendations to address the challenges in Arkansas’s criminal justice system.
This presentation outlines proposed policy options for the Legislative Criminal Justice Oversight Task Force, which are designed to address current pressures on prisons, county jails, and the state’s supervision system.
This presentation focuses on three areas: the parole decision-making process and preparation for release through programming and treatment; recent trends in Arkansas’s jail populations and the challenges faced by sheriffs and jail administrators; and the current landscape of behavioral health treatment and services in Arkansas.
This presentation focuses on community corrections and supervision in Arkansas and methods by which those tools can be strengthened to reduce recidivism and cost.
This presentation focuses on mental illness in county jails and how states across the country are dealing with this challenge. It includes material from the National ‘Stepping Up’ Summit as well as some Arkansas-specific information on the availability of behavioral health services at the community level.
This presentation outlines Arkansas’s current approach to sentencing guidelines and how that approach compares to other ‘guideline’ states, specifically in regards to appeal against the guidelines, use of sentencing ranges, and the number of “all-options” cells.
Presentation to the Arkansas Legislative Criminal Justice Oversight Task Force that focuses on analysis of the state’s sentencing policy and practices.
The Justice Reinvestment in Arkansas Overview highlights recent criminal justice trends in the state that Arkansas’s Legislative Criminal Justice Oversight Task Force and CSG Justice Center staff will be exploring in coming months as part of the state’s justice reinvestment efforts.
This presentation introduces the Council of State Governments Justice Center and the justice reinvestment process, and includes initial analyses on Arkansas’s criminal justice system.