Cummins State Prison

Courtesy / BRUCE JACKSON

In a three-part series supported by the National Geographic Society's COVID-19 Emergency Fund for Journalists, multimedia reporter Anna Stitt takes an extensive look at the impact the coronavirus outbreak has had in Arkansas prisons. In the last three months, nearly 1,200 inmates in four state prisons have tested positive for COVID-19. At least 134 staff working at eight state prisons have also tested positive.

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In a three-part series supported by the National Geographic Society's COVID-19 Emergency Fund for Journalists, multimedia reporter Anna Stitt takes an extensive look at the impact the coronavirus outbreak has had in Arkansas prisons. In the last three months, nearly 1,200 inmates in four state prisons have tested positive for COVID-19. At least 134 staff working at eight state prisons have also tested positive.

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In a three-part series supported by the National Geographic Society's COVID-19 Emergency Fund for Journalists, multimedia reporter Anna Stitt takes an extensive look at the impact the coronavirus outbreak has had in Arkansas prisons. In the last three months, nearly 1,200 inmates in four state prisons have tested positive for COVID-19. At least 134 staff working at eight state prisons have also tested positive.

Courtesy / Carroll County Sheriff's Office

A parolee from Cummins State Prison, recently diagnosed with COVID-19, openly circulated for several weeks in Eureka Springs. He was arrested for defying a state self-quarantine directive and is back in Arkansas Department of Corrections custody. The Arkansas Department of Health says it's investigating disease spread in the county.

Courtesy / Carroll County Sheriff's Office

Forty-year-old Jad Perkins was booked into Carroll County jail Tuesday after he was arrested for violating parole from Cummins State Prison. Perkins, who had been circulating in the Eureka Springs area for two weeks, had recently tested positive for coronavirus. Both Governor Asa Hutchinson and the Arkansas Department of Health have responded to the incident. Hear our full report Monday. 

Ride it Like You're Flying

Nov 2, 2014
Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. (neg. no. ppmsc 00422)

Why have a U of A professor, Johnny Cash, and Northwest Arkansas-raised singer-songwriter Joe Purdy all spent time at Cummins Prison Farm? Here’s a clue.