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Promise of family services misses the mark in Arkansas, study says

By Amanda Claire Curcio

This article was originally published May 27, 2018 at 4:30 a.m. Updated May 29, 2018 at 4:30 a.m.

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Bobbie Gross sought help for her 17-year-old son’s drug addiction by filing a Families in Need of Services petition in Independence County circuit court. She thought he would be put in rehab.

The Dermott Juvenile Correctional Facility houses up to 32 youths, ages 18 to 20, typically sex offenders and those who’ve committed serious offenses ...

Tom Masseau, executive director of Disability Rights Arkansas, is shown in this photo.

Sen. Stephanie Flowers, D-Pine Bluff, is shown in this file photo.

Jefferson County Circuit Judge Earnest Brown is shown in this file photo.

FINS cases as a percentage of all juvenile cases

Counties with the steepest increase in filed Families in Need of Services cases

A map showing the location of Dermott

Bobbie Gross put her own son behind bars. Or at least that's how she sees it. Worried about her 17-year-old's drug addiction, Gross went to the courts for help last June. She thought that by filing a petition with a juvenile court judge, her son could get drug treatment and maybe an order to go to rehab, which she believed was what he really needed.

The Dermott Juvenile Correctional Facility houses up to 32 youths, ages 18 to 20, typically sex offenders and those who’ve committed serious offenses ...

Tom Masseau, executive director of Disability Rights Arkansas, is shown in this photo.

Sen. Stephanie Flowers, D-Pine Bluff, is shown in this file photo.

Jefferson County Circuit Judge Earnest Brown is shown in this file photo.

FINS cases as a percentage of all juvenile cases

Counties with the steepest increase in filed Families in Need of Services cases

A map showing the location of Dermott

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FreddyBry says... May 27, 2018 at 10:09 a.m.

Shameful. Bureaucrats completely losing sight of the purpose of helping children and their parents. Please drain this swamp.

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dunk7474 says... May 27, 2018 at 10:44 a.m.

Republicans have always been racists and in no way shape or form have they helped poor people. Trump is the worst and his minions like Cotton have all followed his lead.

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Arkie2017 says... May 27, 2018 at 11:48 a.m.

Why am I not surprised? This is the direction the entire country is heading with a school to prison pipeline. This shows that the people we're electing to "govern" in our best interests care little about governing at all let alone doing anything of benefit for the people they're elected to "serve". We've been voting based on single issues never questioning anyone we vote for. All many look for is the letter following the name of the candidate and never do we question whether or not they are capable or even willing to do the work of the people. I have been seeing this for a long time and the digital media has been steadily making it worse because they don't do their jobs either of keeping the public "well informed" which is a necessity if we're to regain and maintain any kind of functional democracy because we certainly aren't living in one now.

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GeneralMac says... May 27, 2018 at 11:50 a.m.

(6th paragraph below NOW CRIMINALS )

"Thomas went off to a party with his friends one weekend ,cutting off his ankle monitor before leaving"

and we should sympathize with him and us taxpayers should pick up the tab on the $2,500 damage he did ?

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Kofcguy says... May 27, 2018 at 12:16 p.m.

But...but...but...Hillary said It Takes A Village. Maybe she meant prison.
CPS is a failure in Arkansas. My family was falsy accused, i believe by the teacher Sandra McKinney of Elmwood Middle School because I questioned how she was teaching my son. The CPS worker Stephanie Graham aka (Sonny) of Fayetteville interrogated my sons without notice, without their attorneys, without recording her interrogation, and threatened my son with jail when he attempted to assert his 5 amendment rights. Stephanie then went on to fabricate a bizarre report and found us guilty. The corrupt judge Thomas E Smith of Bentonville found us guilty WITHOUT HEARING ANY OF OUR DEFENSE. It took 8 months to get this abusive ruling overturned. CPS violated our 1st, 4th, 5th, & 6th Amendment rights. Where is our justice? How can we hold these corrupt govt workers accountable? People say, oh you have a great case, just expect to pay $50,000 for the attorney. There is no justice here.

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LRCrookAttorney says... May 27, 2018 at 1:35 p.m.

Ko...you deserve justice and the problem with our justice system is it costs money. I see a lot of non-violent offenders taking a plea because they know they will lose and it will cost money to fight a wrongful conviction. That is all attorneys have to sell, but sometimes I wonder if there is a better way. One thing that I notice is the abuse of the Public Defender. I went and heard the PD office say that more than 90% of criminal defendants in Arkansas are appointed indigent status. There is no way that 90% cannot pay for criminal defense. If we scrutinized who was getting a PD more closely we could spend that money where it needs to be spent, on juvenile defense and helping parents with children with drug addiction. Some are just heartless and believe that a child that rebels should be placed in jail when all they really need (most of them anyway) is to be redirected.

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ZeebronZ says... May 27, 2018 at 2:44 p.m.

This is shameful for the state and needs the highest attention it can get from the state government. I think the finances need to be tracked as well. If there's any agency in the state that could be abused, this is it. And I agree with Arkie2017.

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GeneralMac says... May 27, 2018 at 4:05 p.m.

" school to prison pipeline"

A misguided judge thought lil Boosi had a future and gave him a break.

Many innocent people suffered becaude of it and a cop nearly got shot.

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BEARTRAP919 says... May 27, 2018 at 7:39 p.m.

Finally, Finally someone is telling this story, This is about the Worst of the Worse Services we have here in Arkansas, Actually it is a Criminal Making activity that was supposed to be a Help to families that need help Badly.

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DoubleBlind says... May 28, 2018 at 4:12 p.m.

I don’t have addicted children and want that to be clear given my comments. I commend Ms. Gross for seeking help for her son. I know she can’t watch him 24/7, but cutting off his monitor is a pretty big deal which he should have known would have consequences. She doesn’t want him incarcerated but doesn’t want him monitored either. That’s not realistic. I’m not sure the solution. We (AR) are an incarceration society. It’s the go to solution.

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