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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...

DEADLY FORCE: Families question justice in Arkansas police shooting probes

Subscriber onlyLucy Crowder tries to remember her son in terms of how he lived: a loving father, a brother who teased his younger sister, the kind of friend who cried with you when your dog died. Continue reading...

For good cops, taking of life set on replay, ex-officer says

Subscriber onlyFor many officers involved in police shootings, the greatest fear “is they don’t want to get into another one,” Little Rock Police detective Tommy Hudson said. Continue reading...

DEADLY FORCE: In 6 years, 53 blacks shot by police in Arkansas

Is it racial bias or part of a broader issue?

Subscriber onlyRoseetta Robinson wept alone on Halloween 2011 after a policeman killed her father. There were no protests, no riots, no public calls for accountability. No activists or TV cameras showed up in Jonesboro. Continue reading...

Deadly-force data lacking; shootings by Arkansas police deserve study, officials say

Subscriber onlyPolice in Arkansas shot at least 135 people in the past six years. Sixty-seven died. During the same period, at least three Arkansas police officers were fatally shot by assailants, and 31 reported being shot at when they wounded or killed someone, according to research by the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. Continue reading...

Judge's dictate on jailed Arkansas youths upheld by court

Appellate ruling says agency must follow bench directives

Subscriber onlyA circuit judge set out to ensure that three teenagers wouldn't "languish" in county-run youth jails last year, but he ended up successfully challenging the state's authority in certain juvenile cases. Continue reading...

Letter says neglect rife at Arkansas youth jails; state acknowledges there’s work to do

Subscriber onlySome Arkansas teenagers in state custody live in quarters that reek of urine, and at some juvenile centers, 11 youths share a single urinal and shower, a failure of accreditation standards. Continue reading...

Arkansas takeover of youth jails reveals tensions

Lawmakers able to reject contract

Subscriber onlyAs officials work to ensure that the state's last-minute takeover of seven youth jails is seamless, larger questions about Arkansas' juvenile justice system remain. Continue reading...

Citing dispute, state to run youth lockups

Hutchinson fears service cuts at 7 facilities

Subscriber onlyThe state will take control of operations at seven youth lockups at the start of the new year, Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced Friday, arguing that such action was necessary because actions by Arkansas legislators made the services "headed for a government shutdown." Continue reading...

Flaws seen in Arkansas family-services program

State system often punishes rather than helps, advocacy group’s report says

Subscriber onlyA new report urges lawmakers to overhaul the state's system for dealing with struggling youths and parents so that it lives up to its name, Families in Need of Services. Continue reading...

State panel rejects youth-jail contract

Lawmakers question 58% rise in cost

Subscriber onlyAfter lawmakers grilled state officials for more than an hour Tuesday, a legislative panel rejected a disputed $160 million contract with an Indiana company to take over operation of seven youth lockups in Arkansas. Continue reading...

2 Arkansas nonprofits renew bid to run youth lockups

Subscriber onlyTwo Arkansas nonprofits are continuing their fight to keep a contract to operate seven youth lockups, challenging the state's steadfast intention to award a more expensive, private Indiana-based firm a $160 million contract to manage the facilities. Continue reading...

Indiana firm again wins bid to run Arkansas youth lockups

Subscriber onlyA $160 million contract to run seven youth lockups is once again to go to a for-profit, Indiana-based company after a three-month-long delay that stemmed from complaints by Arkansas nonprofits currently operating the facilities. Continue reading...

Teen shot outside strip mall in Little Rock

Subscriber onlyA teenager was shot in the parking lot of a strip mall on West 12th Street on Thursday evening, a Little Rock police spokesman said. Continue reading...

2 reports urge pivot on opioids

Subscriber onlyTwo reports released last week take note of the human cost of the alarming spread of opioid misuse in the United States by recommending renewed local efforts to treat addicts as victims instead of criminals. Continue reading...