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.
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
North Little Rock Chamber of Commerce
100 Main Street, North Little Rock, AR 72114
Schedule is subject to change.
CONTACT: Communications Director Cozetta Jones (firstname.lastname@example.org or 501-340-8523)
Pulaski County Community Services was awarded two Emergency Solutions Grant projects totaling $50,000 from the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
The Rapid Re-Housing Project received $30,000. Assistance is only available to individuals who are currently homeless. The Homelessness Prevention Project received $20,000. Assistance is only available to individuals who are facing eviction or who are at risk of being homeless.
Community Services will distribute a survey to determine eligibility through CADC’s LIHEAP program starting January 22. Those who answer “yes” to one of four questions may be eligible and will be referred to Pulaski County Community Services.
“Our Community Services department works with the community at many levels to assist low-income residents find affordable housing,” said County Judge Barry Hyde. “This $50,000 grant awarded by HUD will allow us to expand our services, by helping those who are at risk of becoming homeless and those currently without homes to get some necessary relief. A disproportionate number of the state’s homeless population resides within Pulaski County, which is why it is incumbent upon us to address this issue head on.”
According to CATCH Arkansas’s 2017 Point in Time count, there are approximately 990 homeless persons (550 unsheltered and 440 sheltered) in Central Arkansas, of the total homeless persons, 84 are children.
Pulaski County Judge Barry Hyde’s Public Schedule: January 15th – 19th
LITTLE ROCK – The following is a list of public appearances by Judge Barry Hyde from Monday, January 15th, 2018 through Friday, 19th, 2018:
Monday, January 15, 2018
Martin Luther King Day Breakfast
Arkansas Governor’s Mansion
1800 Center Street
Little Rock, AR
Tuesday, January 16, 2018
Criminal Justice Coordinating Committee Meeting
201 S. Broadway, STE 401
Little Rock, AR
Schedule is subject to change.
CONTACT: Communications Director, Cozetta Jones at email@example.com or 501-340-8523
In 2017, Pulaski County Youth Services raised a record-breaking total of $505,735 for after school and out-of-school programs. Of the total funding, $466,260 came from grants awarded by the City of Little Rock, State Farm Insurance, First Electric Cooperative and other organizations.
Special events including Women’s Power Breakfast and the Fourth Annual Champions of Youth Awards Dinner raised $39,475. We extend a special thanks to Snell Prosthetics, Rick Fleetwood, Judy Tenenbaum and State Representative Clarke Tucker for helping Youth Services further its mission to inspire, encourage, and empower the youth of Pulaski County through academic achievement, leadership, character building, and healthy living education.
“To raise more than a half million is phenomenal,” said County Judge Barry Hyde. “With those funds, we will provide invaluable services to Pulaski County families, saving families who utilize our services approximately $5,000 per year in after-school care costs. Youth are provided with mentoring, academic assistance, and are given opportunities that many would not have access to otherwise. I’m proud of the work that Youth Services Director Jamie Scott and her staff are doing for the youth of Pulaski County and their families.”
Pulaski County offices are closed Monday, January 1, 2018 in observance of New Year’s Day. Garbage routes will run one day late, Tuesday through Saturday.
Pulaski County has been approved to participate in the Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI), a nationally recognized model created by the Annie E. Casey Foundation to promote detention reform. The model will be implemented in the county under the leadership of the juvenile courts and the Office of the County Judge and County Attorney.
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.
Center for Children’s Law and Policy will provide technical assistance. Pulaski County is the third JDAI site in Arkansas following Benton and Washington Counties. Since implementation, the number of youth committed to state custody in Benton and Washington Counties dropped by 30 and 25 percent respectively.
“Our current juvenile system needs improvement. Having the guidance of JDAI and the Annie E. Casey Foundation, we are poised to make the necessary adjustments to the juvenile justice system thereby improving the lives of at-risk youth in Pulaski County,” said County Judge Barry Hyde.
In June, Pulaski County released the findings of its juvenile justice system assessment study performed by the CCLP. Using the JDAI framework, CCLP provided suggestions for areas of improvement including collaboration among stakeholders, data collection and analysis, case processing and alternatives to detention and incarceration programs.
CCLP also provided recommendations for the Pulaski County Juvenile Detention Center “conditions of confinement in facilities that house youth.” These recommendations included discontinuing the use of orange jumpsuits and the 24-hour lock down after admission. Shortly after reviewing the recommendations, the juvenile detention facility discontinued the 24-hour lock down and offers khaki pants and polo shirts as standard attire for those housed in the facility.
“Young people make impulsive decisions but that shouldn’t mean we give up on them. We can hold young people accountable but give them the guidance, education and support they need to get their lives back on track toward a bright future. By working with JDAI, DYS and the juvenile courts that bright future will be realized,” said Hyde.
Pulaski County will host a kick-off meeting Tuesday, January 23 at the North Little Rock Chamber of Commerce Conference Center at 9 a.m. at 100 Main Street. Representatives from JDAI, DYS and Pulaski County will convene to discuss the process toward participating in the initiative. Speakers will include County Judge Barry Hyde and Pulaski County Circuit Judge Joyce Warren. Governor Asa Hutchinson has been invited attend.
The Pulaski County Big Fix was a success with 34 public pets receiving spay or neuter surgeries at Arkansans for Animals. The surgeries were funded by the “Give 5” campaign, which is a voluntary tax added to property taxes, and provides money to offer county residents a way to spay or neuter their pets–for FREE. The overall goal of the “Give 5” campaign is to reduce pet populations in animal shelters around Pulaski County. Through the generosity of Pulaski County residents, approximately 150 public and shelter cats and dogs will receive surgeries. While the program is only for county residents, the impact is statewide. If you are interested in donating to Pulaski County Spay and Neuter Fund, next time you pay your Personal Property Taxes you can “Give 5.” If you are interested in having your pet spayed or neutered please call Arkansans for Animals at 501-455-5400.
The 2017 Champions of Youth Awards Dinner was Pulaski County Youth Services’ largest and most successful event to-date. More than 200 attended the sold-out event honoring Theresa Timmons Shamberger, Kathy Webb, Dawn Scott, and Rick Fleetwood. Special guests included: Pulaski County Judge Barry Hyde, event emcee Craig O’Niell, Reverend Betsy Synder, Judge Rita Bailey, Judy Tenenbaum, and Angela Moody. CLICK HERE to see photos of the event.
Pulaski County Brownfield Revolving Loan Fund is accepting comments during a 30-day period on the subgrant award to First United Methodist Church Downtown Little Rock. The purpose of the public notice is to inform the public of the environmental issues present, and the proposed cleanup process for the property located at 307 West 7th Street, Little Rock, AR 72205. First United Methodist Church Downtown Little Rock has been awarded a subgrant from the Pulaski County Brownfields Revolving Loan Fund for the abatement of contaminates found on the site. Public comments will be accepted through November 28, 2017.
A public meeting will be held on Tuesday, November 28, 2017 from 4:00pm – 6:00pm in the Pulaski County Administration Room 401, 201 S. Broadway, Little Rock, AR. All public comments on the cleanup process will be considered and a formal response memorandum will be filed in the project Administrative Record. A hard copy of the Analysis of Brownfields Cleanup Alternatives (ABCA) will be available for review at public meeting. A copy of the ABCA will also be available at the Pulaski County Brownfields office, 201 S. Broadway, Suite 220, during normal business hours. All public comments should be submitted in writing to the Pulaski County Brownfields or via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Brownfields Administrative Record for First United Methodist Church Downtown Little Rock cleanup will be maintained throughout the duration of the project and will be available for review at the Pulaski County Brownfields office, 201 S. Broadway, Suite 220, Little Rock, during normal business hours and at other times by appointment. To make an appointment to review the Administrative Record, or for questions regarding this announcement, please contact the Pulaski County Brownfields Office at (501) 340-3594.