criminal justice

This weekend, Zacharay Crow, with DecArcerate, will speak twice in Fayetteville about the state and prisons. Saturday night’s lecture, “Burn it Down: The Past, Present, and Future of the Criminal Injustice System in Arkansas” is at St. Paul's Episcopal Church on East Avenue at 7:00...with a reception that evening at 6:00. Sunday morning’s talk, “Imagining a Future: A Conversation on Transformative Justice” begins at the church at 10:00.

Courtesy / KNWA/Eva Madision

The Washington County Dentention Center's healthcare provider Karas Correctional Health has been prescribing the antiparasite drug Ivermectin to detainees who test positive for COVID-19. Ivermectin, most commonly used to treat livestock, has not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration to treat the coronavirus.

Stock Image

A bill that would eliminate cash bail on misdemeanors is scheduled to go before the Arkansas House Judiciary Committee this week. Criminal justice reform advocates say House Bill 1618 creates a presumption against cash bail and restores the presumption of innocence.

A local office of The Bail Project is now operating in Northwest Arkansas. Madeline Porta, a bail disruptor, explains how the group works.


In a new report, the Arkansas Justice Collective, a nonprofit law firm and advocacy group, claims Fayetteville law officials are not complying with a 2008 city ordinance that makes misdemeanor possession of marijuana a low enforcement priority.

courtesy, Pretrial Justice Institute

It has been a year since Tim Murray, Director Emeritus of the Pretrial Justice Institute, was with us to talk about bail reform. He was in northwest Arkansas this month and we invited him back for an update on the subject.

Center Helps Former Prisoners Transition Back to Society

Feb 23, 2017

The Steele Center Office Suites building in Springdale is being transformed into a resource for people who used to be incarcerated. Various agencies like Goodwill will provide services for ex-prisoners in the front half of the building. The back portion will serve as a transitional living facility for men. The Returning Home Center will host an open house from 9 to 11 a.m. Feb. 25.

Bail Reform

Apr 21, 2016

Many people arrested have to post bail before being released from jail.  Not everybody has access to money and some stay in jail for a long time.  Tim Murray is advocating for bail reform.

MUSIC: "Peace" Andre Jones and Olivier Clerc

Talking About Prison Problems

Dec 1, 2015

A national group wants Arkansas to think about pressing issues when it comes to justice including sentencing. A forum on the matter was held yesterday in Little Rock.