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Probation in Arkansas often hurts kids instead of helping them

Patchwork system ineffective, rife with disparities

Subscriber onlyChildren 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. Continue reading...

Arkansas schools accused of using youth court as discipline

Subscriber onlyIn southeast Arkansas, school officials threatened to withdraw money for juvenile probation officers’ salaries as leverage for desired outcomes in juvenile court cases, a report found. Continue reading...

SE corner of state at a loss, with little to offer at-risk kids

In poor, transportation-isolated area, probation alternatives few, far away

Subscriber onlyEUDORA -- No one in power cares what happens to kids in Eudora. Continue reading...

Arkansas day care's billing of Medicaid reviewed

Subscriber onlyA Hot Springs child day care provider is at the center of a state-led investigation after the day care's therapy director accused a top employee of insurance fraud. Continue reading...

Arkansas youth lockups' woes downplayed; problems cited by activists fixed or exaggerated, state says

Subscriber onlyState officials say a watchdog group's concerns about deteriorated conditions at two youth lockups have been mostly addressed or were exaggerated in the first place. Continue reading...

Four teens escape state lockups

Subscriber onlyIn two separate escapes over the past week, four Arkansas teenagers ran away from the state-run youth lockups where they were being held, with one still at large as of Friday night. Continue reading...

4 teens escape state lockups; boy still at large

Pickup stolen in Harrisburg

Subscriber onlyIn two separate escapes over the past week, four Arkansas teenagers ran away from the state-run youth lockups where they were being held, with one still at large as of Friday night. Continue reading...

Letter details mold, other issues at 2 youth lockups in state

Subscriber onlySome Arkansas teenagers in state custody have spent the past several weeks confined to unheated dorms during below-freezing nights, showering in mold-infested stalls and living with shortages of supplies such as shampoo. Continue reading...

Youths-jail druthers hit budget snag

Subscriber onlyStagnant funding for the state's youth services agency poses challenges for advocates who seek to overhaul Arkansas' juvenile justice system by moving away from jailing youths. Continue reading...

Effort to overhaul Arkansas' juvenile justice system hits budget snag

Subscriber onlyStagnant funding for the state's youth services agency poses challenges for advocates who seek to overhaul Arkansas' juvenile justice system by moving away from jailing youths. Continue reading...

Group of Arkansas cities pauses suit targeting opioid firms

Withdrawing case to add county group, lawyers say

Subscriber onlyAn alliance of Arkansas cities pulled its federal lawsuit against the makers and distributors of addictive opioid drugs on Wednesday, a day after filing it, saying it needs more time to add groups to its coalition. Continue reading...

Lawsuit settled over jailing of Arkansas foster child without warrant

Subscriber onlyA civil-rights case centered around the 2016 jailing of an Arkansas foster child without a warrant was settled last week in federal court. Continue reading...

Little Rock father arrested after bullet hits son

Subscriber onlyLittle Rock police officers arrested a father accused in a shooting Thursday that wounded his adult son in the leg, authorities said. Continue reading...

Report on Arkansas child deaths shows improvements, concerns

Subscriber onlyFewer infants died in their sleep and more children are being adopted this year, but other figures -- like the doubling of firearm fatalities -- prove that efforts to improve child health in Arkansas must continue, officials told lawmakers Wednesday. Continue reading...

Youth witness wrongly jailed in Arkansas, lawsuit contends

Subscriber onlyAn Arkansas deputy prosecuting attorney ordered the jailing of a foster child without reason last year, a federal lawsuit says. Continue reading...