Ouachita River Unit

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Ouachita River Unit
Security Ceilings - Ouachita River Correctional Unit, Malvern, AR.jpg
LocationMalvern, Arkansas
Coordinates34°20′41″N 92°50′34″W / 34.344772°N 92.842777°W / 34.344772; -92.842777Coordinates: 34°20′41″N 92°50′34″W / 34.344772°N 92.842777°W / 34.344772; -92.842777
StatusOperational
Capacity1782
Opened2003 (2003)
Managed byArkansas Department of Correction
Street address100 Walco Lane
CityMalvern
State/provinceArkansas
ZIP Code72104
CountryUSA

The Ouachita River Unit is a prison in Malvern, Arkansas, operated by the Arkansas Department of Correction. The prison opened in 2003.[1]

History[edit]

In 2012, a special needs unit was opened which included a 72-bed hospital, and a 40-bed special services area which included a barracks for elderly, chronically ill and acute-illness inmates.[2]

Over 4000 prisoners-per-year in Arkansas are studying to receive their GED. Each May, prisoners who have earned their GED are brought to the Ouachita River Unit for a graduation ceremony.[3]

Operations[edit]

  • inmate intake
  • special needs unit
  • regional maintenance
  • garment processing
  • construction
  • reduction of sexual victimization program
  • substance abuse education
  • livestock and forage production
  • education
  • chaplaincy services
  • gravel harvesting
  • Paws in Prison program[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Ouachita River Unit". Arkansas Department of Correction. Archived from the original on April 6, 2012. Retrieved October 19, 2015.
  2. ^ Bryan, Wayne (January 5, 2012). "New Prison Unit Hiring". Arkansas Online. Archived from the original on March 4, 2016. Retrieved October 19, 2015.
  3. ^ Varno, Susan (May 31, 2015). "Earning a GED in Prison". Arkansas Online. Archived from the original on March 4, 2016. Retrieved October 19, 2015.

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