Pulaski County, State Representatives Take Tour of Santa Cruz JDAI Site

New JDAI sites frequently visit one of five model JDAI sites around the country to learn about new programs and approaches to youth in the justice system that could work in their own jurisdictions. JDAI model sites are recognized as models because of their long history of success with JDAI and juvenile justice reform, including reductions in incarceration and significant improvements to public safety. Santa Cruz is recognized for many different achievements, including its development of community-based alternatives to detention, effective interventions with gang-involved youth, and a nearly 50% reduction in felony arrests of youth since joining JDAI. Santa Cruz also has a national reputation for building positive relationships with communities of color in their jurisdiction through their law enforcement and justice system partners, and they have been recognized for groundbreaking work on reducing racial and ethnic disparities in the juvenile justice system. There was a delegation of 11, nine from Pulaski County and two from DHS-Division of Youth Services.

 

Veterans Benefits Fair, March 24

Pulaski County Community Services will host a free Veterans Benefits Fair, Saturday, March 24 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at UA-Pulaski Tech, North Little Rock, Campus Center Building, Grand Hall. Vendors will share information, answer questions regarding healthcare needs and perform wellness checks. Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System and Department of Veterans Affairs will assist veterans in signing up for benefits and making claims. Veterans are asked to bring their DD214. Spouses are also encouraged to attend. For more information, call Carlos Cervantes at 501-340-6157.

Pulaski County Spay/Neuter Fund Open for Contributions

Last year taxpayers helped to provide approximately 300 spay and neuter surgeries to pets in Pulaski County. In 2018, we want to exceed that number with a voluntary $5 contribution toward the Pulaski County Spay/Neuter fund on personal property tax, business tax and new this year—real estate tax bills.

Residents have two options to GIVE 5: use the payment coupon when paying by check or if paying online, check the “animal control” box on the web site.

Also new this year, taxpayers have the option to give more than $5 if he or she chooses. See the tax payment coupon for more information.

Every dollar donated will subsidize spay/neuter services for pets of Pulaski County residents who cannot afford the cost to spay/neuter on their own.

The spay/neuter fund was created in an effort to reduce the animal shelter population and the stray pet population. Each year in Pulaski County, residents will surrender, rehome or abandon approximately 30,000 to 40,000 cats and dogs. About half will enter one of five city shelters in the county, while the rest will be neglected, possibly dumped, many of them surviving on their own—only about ten percent will have been spayed or neutered.

For more information on how or where to pay your business, real estate or personal property tax, visit https://pulaskicountytreasurer.net/.  For more information on future spay/neuter events follow https://www.facebook.com/PulaskiAR/.

2018 State of the County Address

Pulaski County Residents! You are cordially invited to attend the 2018 State of the County Address, Tuesday, March 6 at 10 a.m. The address will be given in the 4th floor Quorum Court meeting room in the Pulaski County Administration Building at 201 S. Broadway in Downtown Little Rock.

Judge Hyde will highlight the county’s 2017 accomplishments and 2018 goals and initiatives. He will discuss several of the county’s ongoing projects such as the Crisis Stabilization Unit, Criminal Justice Reform, and Juvenile Justice Reform.

Pulaski County Judge Barry Hyde’s Public Schedule: Feb. 11 – Feb. 13

LITTLE ROCK – The following is a list of public appearances by Judge Barry Hyde from Sunday, Feb. 11 through Saturday, Feb. 16, 2018:

 

Sunday, February 11

World War I Tree Dedication

MacArthur Park

Corner of East 9th and Commerce Streets, Little Rock, AR 72201

2:00 pm

Tuesday, February 13

North Little Rock School District – Community Involvement Council

2700 North Polar Street, North Little Rock, AR 72114

11:30 am

 

Schedule is subject to change.

 

CONTACT: Communications Director Cozetta Jones (cjones@pulaskicounty.net or 501-340-8523)

Pulaski County Judge Barry Hyde’s Public Schedule: Feb. 6 – Feb. 10

LITTLE ROCK – The following is a list of public appearances by Judge Barry Hyde from Monday, Feb. 5 – Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018:

 

Tuesday, February 6

Criminal Justice Coordinating Committee Meeting

11:30 am

4th Floor Conference Room

201 S. Broadway, STE 401, Little Rock, AR 72201

Wednesday, February 7 – Friday February 9

County Judge’s Association – Winter Meeting

Wyndham Riverfront

2 Riverfront Place, North Little Rock, AR 72114

Saturday February 10

St. Luke’s Episcopal Men’s Group

9:00 am

St. Luke’s Parish Hall

4106 JFK Blvd North Little Rock, AR 72116

 

Schedule is subject to change.

 

CONTACT: Communications Director Cozetta Jones (cjones@pulaskicounty.net or 501-340-8523)

Pulaski County Judge Barry Hyde’s Public Schedule: Jan 30 – Feb 2

Pulaski County Judge Barry Hyde’s Public Schedule: January 30 – February 2

LITTLE ROCK – The following is a list of public appearances by Judge Barry Hyde from Monday, January 29, 2018 through Friday, February 2, 2018:

 

No public events scheduled.

 

Schedule is subject to change.
CONTACT: Communications Director Cozetta Jones (cjones@pulaskicounty.net or 501-340-8523)

Juvenile Justice Reform Begins with Successful Kick-Off Meeting

Thanks to everyone who attended our JDAI Kick-Off Meeting. The Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI) is a nationally recognized model created by the Annie E. Casey Foundation to promote detention reform. This initiative is an opportunity to improve the “front-end” of the juvenile justice system based on research and evidence-informed practices, as part of larger juvenile justice reforms in the County. Following the kick-off, county juvenile court judges, probation officers, school district representatives, law enforcement, probation officers, prosecuting attorneys and relevant stakeholders participated in the JDAI working-group meeting to discuss next steps toward implementing JDAI. Thanks to Center for Children’s Law and Policy’s Jason Szanyi and Tiana Davis for helping us to make the kick-off a success.

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Pulaski County Judge Barry Hyde’s Public Schedule: Jan. 22 – Jan. 26

Pulaski County Judge Barry Hyde’s Public Schedule: January 22 – January 26

LITTLE ROCK – The following is a list of public appearances by Judge Barry Hyde from Mon., January 22, 2018 through Friday, January 26, 2018:

 

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

JDAI Kick-off

9:00 a.m.

North Little Rock Chamber of Commerce

100 Main Street, North Little Rock, AR 72114

 

Schedule is subject to change.

CONTACT: Communications Director Cozetta Jones (cjones@pulaskicounty.net or 501-340-8523)