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7 youth lockups in state to be run by firms

Governor unveils privatization plan

Subscriber onlyAll seven state-operated youth lockups will be privatized next year, Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced during a Monday news conference. Continue reading...

Director fired after escapes at Arkansas youth jail

4 fleeings reported at center this year

Subscriber onlyState officials fired the director of a Harrisburg juvenile jail on Aug. 4, four days after the short-lived escape of two teenage boys who had been detained there. Continue reading...

Arkansas youth-jail locks not replaced despite years of safety warnings

Fixes pledged, but not funds

Subscriber onlyThe locks that keep young Arkansans behind bars at a juvenile jail in Alexander still haven't been replaced -- despite years of warnings that the obsolete deadbolts posed safety concerns and despite lawmakers' promises to pay for updates. Continue reading...

No suspects, arrests in Little Rock nightclub gunfire

Subscriber onlyFour days after a shooting in a downtown Little Rock nightclub left 28 people injured, five of the victims remained hospitalized Tuesday, and police had yet to make any arrests in the case. Continue reading...

Not guilty, say ex-guards at youth jail

Subscriber onlyThree former Arkansas juvenile detention officers indicted this month for conspiring to abuse jailed teenagers pleaded innocent Tuesday in federal court. Continue reading...

Innocent, say three ex-guards at youth lockup

Subscriber onlyThree former Arkansas juvenile detention officers indicted this month for conspiring to abuse jailed teenagers pleaded innocent Tuesday in federal court. Continue reading...

3 people indicted in abuse at lockup

Conspiracy against teenagers alleged

Subscriber onlyThree former Arkansas juvenile-detention officers were indicted Friday as part of a conspiracy to abuse jailed teenagers, nine days after two administrators pleaded guilty in the same federal case. Continue reading...

Arkansas jailer attacked by teen released from hospital

Subscriber onlyA Jefferson County juvenile detention officer was released Thursday from the hospital, two days after a beating by a teenage detainee left him with a fractured skull and internal bleeding. Continue reading...

Two former supervisors at Arkansas youth lockup plead guilty to abuse of detainees

Subscriber onlyTwo former supervisors of an Arkansas juvenile lockup confessed Wednesday in federal court to assaulting and needlessly punishing detained youths and conspiring with other workers to cover up their abuses by falsifying use-of-force documents. Continue reading...

Bills focus on transparency, records in Arkansas police shootings

Subscriber onlyTwo state legislative proposals seek to increase transparency and keep better track of police-involved shootings in Arkansas. Continue reading...

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