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Jeannie Roberts

General Assignment Reporter

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Kula Makris Kumpuris: Civic, faith leader; lectures bear name

posted: 07/04/2015 2:13 a.m. Discuss

Kula Makris Kumpuris -- a founding member of St. Mark's Episcopal Church, a tireless community leader and devoted family matriarch -- died in her sleep Friday at her home in Little Rock. She was 98.

Work-release inmate flees with $190, truck, prison says

posted: 07/03/2015 3:55 a.m. Discuss

An inmate serving a 15-year sentence for a hot-check violation escaped in a stolen truck from a work-release assignment Thursday morning, officials said.

Harry Milton Richenback: Duck-call artisan, world champion

posted: 07/01/2015 3:01 a.m. Discuss

The sounds hailing waterfowl of Stuttgart's own pied piper, Harry Milton "Butch" Richenback, will forever be a part of the history of the Grand Prairie and the world.

Litigation, lack of protocol keep state executions frozen

updated: 06/29/2015 10:07 p.m. Discuss

Arkansas executions will remain on hold while the state finds the drugs it wants to use, develops a new procedure to carry out death sentences and addresses lawsuits, officials said Monday.

In state, returns to prison at 28.5%

updated: 06/24/2015 4:28 a.m. Comments 7

More than a quarter of inmates released from the Arkansas Department of Community Correction were re-incarcerated within three years, according to a new report.

Accused prison chaplain named

posted: 06/20/2015 5:34 a.m. Discuss

The Arkansas Department of Correction released Friday the identity of a former chaplain who is accused of having a sexual relationship with inmates.

On prisoner tally, look out, task force is told

updated: 06/18/2015 4 a.m. Comments 3

Unless there are major changes, Arkansas' prison population will grow rapidly over the next decade, a consultant told the state's Criminal Justice Oversight Task Force on Wednesday.

Board OKs inmate service plans

posted: 06/16/2015 4:38 a.m. Discuss

Volunteers -- both faith-based and community-based -- are key to cutting costs while increasing services and reducing time served by inmates, the Arkansas Board of Corrections said Monday.

State wouldn't sign on to prison-rape law before inquiry

posted: 06/13/2015 3:59 a.m. Discuss

Less than a month before the U.S. Justice Department announced an investigation into sexual-abuse and harassment allegations at an Arkansas prison unit, Gov. Asa Hutchinson told the agency the state couldn't comply with the national Prison Rape Elimination Act.

U.S. investigates state prison

posted: 06/12/2015 4:02 a.m. Comment 1

The U.S. Justice Department on Thursday announced an investigation into allegations of sexual abuse and sexual harassment, as well as the mistreatment of transgender women, at a women's prison unit near Newport.

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