Probation in Arkansas often hurts kids instead of helping them

Patchwork system ineffective, rife with disparities

Posted: March 4, 2018 at 4:30 a.m.

Circuit Judge Troy Braswell oversees juvenile cases in his Conway courtroom and is one of a handful of judges in the state who use prehearing screenings to assess children’s needs and risk levels in deciding those cases.

Children entrenched in Arkansas' juvenile probation system often find themselves without needed help because of overworked officers and judges who won't change the way they handle cases.

A map showing Juvenile probation officer salaries by state

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