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Public News Service - AR: Criminal Justice

Arkansas was the latest state to experience ICE raids in recent months, with Tennessee and Ohio seeing similar raids and detainment of people suspecting of having illegal status. (Twenty20)

ALMA, Ark. – Several families in Arkansas this week are living without loved who face charges of immigration violations after a raid in a factory in Alma. At least 28 people were taken into custody, but the women were later released. U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement served the war

Advocates say children with a parent in jail can lose touch with them when they only get to visit with them monthly or less often. (Wikimedia Commons)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – A group of children's advocates has begun talking with legislators to find ways to keep Arkansas families together when a parent is convicted of a crime. Arkansas Voices for the Children Left Behind is looking to find alternatives to putting parents behind bars when there

Many people in Arkansas jails and prisons have mental-health issues, and state officials have created a program to divert more of them to treatment instead of incarceration. (Getty Images)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - As many as 5,000 people in Arkansas jails and prisons may have mental-health issues, studies show, and state officials are taking steps to change that. The Arkansas Legislature has approved a bill to provide alternatives to jail for these people, and expand crisis intervention t

Groups that oppose the death penalty are critical of Arkansas' plan to execute eight prisoners in 11 days in April. (Wikimedia)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Despite a decline in states' use of the death penalty in recent years, Arkansas officials are planning an unprecedented string of executions in April. Gov. Asa Hutchinson has scheduled the deaths of eight inmates in 11 days - all convicted of murder - after Arkansas Attorney Gen

Police officers in Arkansas are giving out Laura's Card to anyone involved in a domestic situation to try to combat the rise in domestic violence.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Every nine seconds in the U.S., a woman is assaulted or beaten, and the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence says one of every three has been a victim of physical violence by an intimate partner within her lifetime. For men, the numbers are also high: One in every

GRAPHIC: New AARP research indicates too many Arkansans leave themselves vulnerable to online scams, although there are simple ways to themselves. Courtesy AARP's Fraud Watch Network.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Many Arkansans are leaving themselves vulnerable to online fraud, despite being concerned about it, according to a new study. Michael Rowett, associate state director for communications at AARP Arkansas, said their survey found more than eight out of 10 wired Arkansans are worri

Arkansas police address thousands of incidents a year at schools, and some say the state is inadvertently jailing young offenders who don't need to be locked up. PHOTO courtesy of the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Police are responding to thousands of incidents at Arkansas schools. Some say that is crowding the juvenile justice system with young offenders who do not need to be jailed. According to Arkansas Advocates for Children & Families (AACF), police file more than 3,000 incident repor

This week the Children’s Advocacy Center of Benton County will host an event with Erin Merryn - the abuse victim behind the national push for education on the subject. Child advocates say that kind of education is the best way to prevent what happened to Merryn from happening to others.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - A new law, and a new education effort started by it, should leave fewer places for child sexual abuse to be hidden in Arkansas, according to children's advocates. Erin's Law, which was enacted here this spring, is starting the process of putting a program about abuse in the schoo

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