Pay rise draws guards to Arkansas prisons; but loss of officers at state lockups persists, legislators told


Photographs by AP/Kelly P. Kissel

Correction Department Director Wendy Kelley testifies Wednesday at a meeting of the Charitable, Penal and Correctional Institutions Subcommittee of the Arkansas Legislative Council in Little Rock. The panel is looking into a recent uptick in violence at the state’s prisons. With Kelley is Dale Reed, the department’s chief deputy director.

Increased pay for guards at Arkansas' most chronically understaffed prisons has helped attract new recruits, while employees are still quitting in bunches.

A map of and information about violence in Arkansas' prisons.

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