|PULASKI COUNTY JUVENILE DETENTION FACILITY
CARMA GARDNER, DIRECTOR
3001 W. Roosevelt
Little Rock, AR. 72204
Phone: (501) 340-6691
Mission & Goals
To provide a secure, safe, and caring environment for juveniles held under the authority of Pulaski County Law Enforcement Agencies, Juvenile and District Courts.
Functions & Services
The Juvenile Detention Department is designed to reduce the number of juveniles presently held in the adult Regional Detention Facility and provide short-term care in a staff secure setting. Pulaski County Juvenile Detention Center opened in November 1990 with 11 beds. In May 1993 the center moved to its present 48-bed location at 3001 West Roosevelt Road. The center consists of an Administrative Office, three housing units each with a day room. Also included is an intake and release area, inside/outside recreation area, class rooms, visitation area, space where attorneys can meet with there clients, and office space for Medical Staff. In July 1999 due to high population and overcrowding, the facility was expanded from 36 beds to 48 beds. Medical, Food and Educational services are provided to the juveniles while they reside in the Pulaski County Juvenile Detention Center.
The Pulaski County Juvenile Detention Center offers a variety of programs that provides rehabilitation and treatment. The Juvenile Justice System in Arkansas requires rehabilitation and treatment rather than punishment. A listing of the existing programs is as follows:
- Medical Services are provided by a service contract in conjunction with the Regional Detention Facility. A full time nurse (or Main Jail Dispensary in the nurse's absence) is assigned to do sick call protocol, physicals, administer medication, draw blood, perform TB skin test, provide referrals to Dental and Mental Health professionals at the Regional Detention Facility.
- Food Services are provided by a service contract through the Regional Detention Facility. Meals must meet certain minimum standards regarding nutrition.
- Educational Services are designated to the Juvenile Detention Center and the Little Rock School district. They are responsible for educating students consistent with Federal and state laws for the specific period of time that the student is being held in the facility. The goal of the detention school is to help the students prepare themselves both academically and socially to return to public school. Classes are held year round totaling sevens hours per day.
- The school curriculum is comprised of the following courses: English, Math, Science, Social Studies, Health, Life Skills, and Computers. A nutrition class is also offered that educates the students on healthy eating and healthy food buying habits that will hopefully be continued once released from the facility.
Also the Arkansas Department of Health provides two educational programs; the Regional AIDS Interfaith Network (RAIN) meets with the kids once a month; The Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service provides weekly nutrition classes; and a variety of religious services with varying denominations are offered to the juveniles.
- Alcoholics Anonymous/Narcotics Anonymous
- Young Dads/Healthy Families is a teen-parenting program offered by The Parent Center. The program provides community parenting education and support groups for the fathers. The goal of the program is to empower the young men involved to parent in positive, responsible ways and to enhance the lives of their children.
- Gender Based In Home Parenting Program
- Mothers Against Drunk Driving
- Positive Change of Direction is a new program, which will be meeting on Saturday from 9:00a.m. until 10a.m. It is comprised of a group of men from Greater Friendship Baptist Church. The meeting is a twelve-step program offers a mentoring service upon release when requested by the juveniles.