Courtesy / Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette/David Gottschalk

The Northwest Arkansas Crisis Stabilization Unit, a prison alternative for people with mental health needs, will reopen under managament from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. The Fayetteville clinic closed in June because of funding cuts, according to the site's previous staffing company Ozark Guidance. 

courtesy / Returning Home Inc.

This month Returning Home, a Springdale-based nonprofit that works with those at-risk of recidivism, began a new Community Alternative Program. CAP gives people who violate terms of their parole or those who have committed low-level, non-violent offenses an on-site treatment option in lieu of jail time.

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

Keesha Middlemass is an associate professor of Political Science at Trinity University in San Antonio. She studies the challenges facing convicted felons when they attempt to reenter society upon their release from prison. Middlemass is the author of the book Convicted and Condemned: The Politics and Policies of Prisoner Reentry. She recently spoke on the University of Arkansas campus and also visited us.

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Prison reform activist, Morgan Holladay, with the Little Rock nonprofit, Compassion Works for All, is facilitating a free workshop Friday at Wattle Hollow Retreat Center south of Fayetteville. Her teaching is based on letters penned by prison inmates which she will present to providers who work with children and teens struggling with behavioral issues, or who have family that are incarcerated.

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.


A half dozen criminal justice and prison reform groups in Arkansas are collaborating under a new campaign initiative called decARcerate.

Prison Overcrowding

May 26, 2016

Arkansas is planning for more prison space.

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