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story.lead_photo.caption Little Rock police officer Charles Nellums loads a man into a van at the Little Rock District Court in April after he appeared before Judge Vic Fleming on his 12th charge of driving with no license, among other charges. He was ordered jailed in lieu of a $20,000 bond. By lunchtime that day, the Pulaski County jail had closed to all but the most serious offenders. The prisoner wound up being taken to a jail in Sheridan. - Photo by Stephen B. Thornton

During a recent session of Little Rock District Traffic Court in Judge Vic Fleming's courtroom, Anthony Piggee was scheduled to face his 19th charge of driving without a license and his 12th charge of driving without insurance. He had been released from jail with a citation to appear in court. But he didn't show up.

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  • Nodmcm
    May 25, 2014 at 6:17 a.m.

    I wonder if the "small government" folks are happy to hear that the jail and court operations are getting "smaller?" Somehow, it seems that the small government crowd, which presumably hates raising taxes to build more jails and prisons, might want to reconsider after reading this story. But then again, maybe not. Grover Norquist wants government so small it can be "drowned in a bathtub." I guess at that time, there won't be any jails or prisons left open at all.

  • GCW
    May 25, 2014 at 7:05 a.m.


  • Populist
    May 25, 2014 at 8:35 a.m.

    Permanently tattoo their foreheads? No, they'd probably like that. Cutting off a finger would be too barbaric. Make them wear some kind of uncomfortable chain around their ankles.

  • LevyRat
    May 25, 2014 at 8:40 a.m.

    Yes, TAX AND SPEND LIBERAL DEMOCRATS would love more employees, jails, etc. But the problem stated here is that lazy City of Little Rock employees will not report accurately on lower cost community service programs. Really, we need larger jails? Really??? SPENDING YOUR MONEY IS ALL TAX AND SPEND LIBERAL DEMOCRATS KNOW.

  • 000
    May 25, 2014 at 10:13 a.m.

    There may be no better solutions. We can't kill'em, can we? We have a neighborhood bum named Kevin. Kevin has been in the papers over and over for decades. He is easily found in "Right to Know". He is a "beggar/drunk/vandal/thief". Lives on his govt. check, stays at his momma's down by the freeway. When the check runs out, he uses the neighborhood as his personal "WalMart". If he wants it, he takes it. Everybody around here knows him, including the police.
    My wife caught Kevin stealing a ladder Friday, chased him down the street yelling at him. He just set the ladder down and kept on walking, never acknowledging her presence, never even slowing down. He came back sometime Friday night or Saturday morning early and stole a sprinkler. That's Kevin. He always must come away from an encounter with SOME thing. It is like it validates him, like he "won". Even if it is just digging a longer butt from an ashtray on your kitchen terrace - he MUST take something.
    The last time Kevin disappeared for a while was for walking in on a woman alone in her house. Didn't see him for six months after that one. But I guess the point is, Kevin is NEVER going to change. Kevin has NO respect for anything except his urges of the moment. Kevin could give crap about the law, the police and other people's rights. The only thing that will fix Kevin is two to the chest and one to the head.
    Little Rock swarms with Kevins.

  • 000
    May 25, 2014 at 10:18 a.m.

    If you would like to meet Kevin and his friends, just spend some time at the liquor store and laundry across Markham from UAMS. It is like a watering hole for jackals and hyenas. UAMS is a giant bum magnet.

  • DontDrinkDatKoolAid
    May 25, 2014 at 10:38 a.m.

    The problem began when respect was no longer installed into the child and the Bible was pitched.