Cozetta Jones
Communications Director
cjones@pulaskicounty.net

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Events Calendar

Mar
9
Tue
6:00 pm Agenda Committee Meeting @ Quorum Court Meeting Room
Agenda Committee Meeting @ Quorum Court Meeting Room
Mar 9 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
COVID 19 – County Quorum Court Procedure Because of the current COVID-19 crisis, and in accordance with Act 2 of 2020 passed by the Arkansas General Assembly on April 16, 2020 and County Judge Barry Hyde’s[...]
Mar
23
Tue
6:00 pm Full Quorum Court Meeting @ Live Stream
Full Quorum Court Meeting @ Live Stream
Mar 23 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Full Quorum Court Meeting @ Live Stream | Little Rock | Arkansas | United States
COVID 19 – County Quorum Court Procedure Because of the current COVID-19 crisis, and in accordance with Act 2 of 2020 passed by the Arkansas General Assembly on April 16, 2020 and County Judge Barry Hyde’s[...]
Apr
13
Tue
6:00 pm Agenda Committee Meeting @ Quorum Court Meeting Room
Agenda Committee Meeting @ Quorum Court Meeting Room
Apr 13 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
COVID 19 – County Quorum Court Procedure Because of the current COVID-19 crisis, and in accordance with Act 2 of 2020 passed by the Arkansas General Assembly on April 16, 2020 and County Judge Barry Hyde’s[...]
Apr
20
Tue
10:00 am Brownfields Revolving Loan Fund ...
Brownfields Revolving Loan Fund ...
Apr 20 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
For Zoom information, contact Joshua Fout at 501-340-3594 or email jfout@pulaskicounty.net
Apr
27
Tue
6:00 pm Full Quorum Court Meeting @ Live Stream
Full Quorum Court Meeting @ Live Stream
Apr 27 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Full Quorum Court Meeting @ Live Stream | Little Rock | Arkansas | United States
COVID 19 – County Quorum Court Procedure Because of the current COVID-19 crisis, and in accordance with Act 2 of 2020 passed by the Arkansas General Assembly on April 16, 2020 and County Judge Barry Hyde’s[...]
May
11
Tue
6:00 pm Agenda Committee Meeting @ Quorum Court Meeting Room
Agenda Committee Meeting @ Quorum Court Meeting Room
May 11 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
COVID 19 – County Quorum Court Procedure Because of the current COVID-19 crisis, and in accordance with Act 2 of 2020 passed by the Arkansas General Assembly on April 16, 2020 and County Judge Barry Hyde’s[...]
May
25
Tue
6:00 pm Full Quorum Court Meeting @ Live Stream
Full Quorum Court Meeting @ Live Stream
May 25 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Full Quorum Court Meeting @ Live Stream | Little Rock | Arkansas | United States
COVID 19 – County Quorum Court Procedure Because of the current COVID-19 crisis, and in accordance with Act 2 of 2020 passed by the Arkansas General Assembly on April 16, 2020 and County Judge Barry Hyde’s[...]
Jun
8
Tue
6:00 pm Agenda Committee Meeting @ Quorum Court Meeting Room
Agenda Committee Meeting @ Quorum Court Meeting Room
Jun 8 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
COVID 19 – County Quorum Court Procedure Because of the current COVID-19 crisis, and in accordance with Act 2 of 2020 passed by the Arkansas General Assembly on April 16, 2020 and County Judge Barry Hyde’s[...]
Jun
22
Tue
6:00 pm Full Quorum Court Meeting @ Live Stream
Full Quorum Court Meeting @ Live Stream
Jun 22 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Full Quorum Court Meeting @ Live Stream | Little Rock | Arkansas | United States
COVID 19 – County Quorum Court Procedure Because of the current COVID-19 crisis, and in accordance with Act 2 of 2020 passed by the Arkansas General Assembly on April 16, 2020 and County Judge Barry Hyde’s[...]
Jul
13
Tue
6:00 pm Agenda Committee Meeting @ Quorum Court Meeting Room
Agenda Committee Meeting @ Quorum Court Meeting Room
Jul 13 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
COVID 19 – County Quorum Court Procedure Because of the current COVID-19 crisis, and in accordance with Act 2 of 2020 passed by the Arkansas General Assembly on April 16, 2020 and County Judge Barry Hyde’s[...]

Pulaski County News & Announcements

Notice of Virtual Meeting: East-West Northern Pulaski County Connector Study

The Arkansas Department of Transportation will host a Virtual Public Involvement Meeting to present and solicit feedback on the results of an evaluation of alignment alternative for the East-West Northern Pulaski County Connector Study, February 27-March 21, 2021.

The public is invited and encouraged to visit http://www.ardot.gov/east-west-connector anytime during the scheduled dates to view meeting exhibits, ask questions, and offer comments about the study. 

More from ArDot: The Arkansas Department of Transportation (ARDOT) and Metroplan, in cooperation with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and local governments (Pulaski County), are conducting a study of potential improvements to connect points within northern Pulaski County and to connect northern Pulaski County to Interstate 40 and Highway 67/167.

The study will provide multiple opportunities for public involvement and solicit feedback on alternative alignments. While several studies were previously conducted in this area, this study will take a fresh look at potential alternatives that focus on connecting arterials in the northern Pulaski County region by using existing roadways where possible. Freeway or tolled alternatives will not be considered for the Connector Study. Logical segmentation will be identified for new alignments for the Connector to allow for phased implementation over time.

The study team will use a range of analysis tools to perform a comprehensive review and evaluation of potential solutions using selected performance measures. The study will consider the effect of each alternative on mobility, system reliability, congestion, traffic operations, safety, environmental impacts, and costs.

Pulaski County Selected as Research Action Site in National Pretrial Initiative

Pulaski County, Ark. (01/26/21) – Pulaski County announced today it will participate in the national Advancing Pretrial Policy and Research (APPR) initiative as a Research-Action Site. Working in partnership with researchers and justice experts, this effort will result in improvements to our pretrial justice system in ways that prioritize the safety of our residents, reduce discrimination based on wealth and race, and ensure that incarceration is reserved only for those who jeopardize public safety.

As an APPR Research-Action Site, Pulaski County will receive intensive assistance from justice experts to study our pretrial system, understand our data, and design and implement research-based strategies that are responsive to local needs.

“Currently, the pretrial experience for people in Pulaski can vary depending on which judge handles the case. Our hope is to set a uniform path—from arrest to trial—for everyone,” said Circuit Court Judge Herb Wright in an interview with APPR. “We believe this path will lead to a fairer, more equitable system for people who are accused of a crime.”

Pulaski County will be a member of the APPR initiative for five years. The first year will involve a robust planning process of research and analyses, guided by local justice system leaders that include:

  • Circuit Courts,
  • District Courts,
  • County Judge’s Office,
  • Sheriff’s Office,
  • Prosecuting Attorney’s Office,
  • Public Defender’s Commission,
  • Pulaski County Crisis Stabilization Unit Director,
  • UAMS College of Public Health, and
  • Local drug and alcohol abuse facilities and community advocates.

“This is a monumental step in Pulaski County toward criminal justice reform. I’m honored to support the policy team by facilitating state actors and County resources, for a plan to improve the existing pretrial system and eventually implement a pretrial assessment tool,” said Pulaski County Judge Barry Hyde.

Additional pretrial advancements will follow after the planning phase. These could include improvements successfully implemented by other jurisdictions, such as:

  • consistency and uniformity in pretrial processes
  • streamlining of pretrial processes
  • identifying opportunities to divert appropriate individuals from traditional criminal justice processing; and
  • developing robust pretrial services to support people before their court dates.

Improvements identified in Pulaski County will be disseminated widely to advance research-based pretrial policies and practices nationally.

See policy team list

Judge Herb Wright Interview

ABOUT APPR

Through research, technical assistance, and online learning, APPR is dedicated to achieving fair, just, effective pretrial practices, every day, throughout the nation. A project of the National Partnership for Pretrial Justice, APPR is led by the Center for Effective Public Policy with support from Arnold Ventures. Independent research is being conducted by RTI International. Learn more at advancingpretrial.org.

County Offices Closed in Observance of the Martin Luther King Holiday

County offices are closed Monday, Jan. 18 (including sanitation) in observance of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday. Routes will run as normal.

County Judge Extends COVID-19 Executive Order

In effort to keep county building visitors and county employees safe, County Judge Barry Hyde has extended his executive order to limit visitors to county buildings. Court proceedings will continue. County Circuit Judges have been instructed to coordinate jury trials with the County Judges Office. Many services can be accessed online. Find the appropriate department here.

Covid-19 Executive Order

County Offices Closed New Year’s Day

No routes will run New Year’s Day but will resume and run one day late on Saturday.   All county offices are closed Friday, Jan. 1.

Have a Safe and Happy New Year!

Pulaski County Christmas and New Year’s Hours

No routes will run on Christmas Day, Friday, Dec. 25.  Routes will resume and run one day late on Saturday, Dec. 26.   All county offices including the sanitation office are closed Thursday, Dec. 24 and Friday, Dec. 25. ​

Pulaski County Thanksgiving Hours

Pulaski County offices are closed Thursday, Nov. 26 and Friday, Nov. 27.

Garbage routes will not run on Thanksgiving, Thursday, Nov. 26. Routes will resume on Friday and run one day late Friday and Saturday.

JDC Garden Featured in Arkansas Democrat Gazette

See original story: https://www.arkansasonline.com/news/2020/nov/21/fecund-chances/?latest

Check out the photos: https://www.arkansasonline.com/galleries/31609/album/

The youth garden at the Pulaski County Juvenile Detention Center is an example of successful collaboration between county departments, the cooperative extension service and volunteers.

The new program is the vision Chastity Scifres, formerly of the county attorney’s office and now the director of Pulaski County Human Resources, in partnership with Randy Forst, who heads the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture – Extension (UAEX) Pulaski County office.  Scifres identified the underutilized space behind the detention center as ideal for a youth garden to feed and educate the young residents at the center.

Workers from various county departments and the sheriff’s department cleared the area and built the beds and additional infrastructure for the garden. Master Gardener volunteers assessed, developed, implemented, and now maintain the garden.

The COVID-19 crisis has prevented the residents from getting in the actual dirt in the garden but they have literally benefited from the fruits of the volunteers and others. It produced over 400 pounds this year! The garden also includes a chicken coop and a rabbit hutch. Plans continue to develop for the garden and the hope is for students residing in the detention center to work directly in the beds to coincide with their classroom instruction on health and nutrition.

Statement from Pulaski County Judge Barry Hyde Regarding 2020 Election

The Pulaski County Election Commission and Pulaski County election staff have worked tirelessly to overcome many challenges in the 2020 election cycle—new election equipment, additional early voting locations, a huge increase in absentee ballots, losing more than 300 seasoned election workers and the COVID-19 pandemic.

In spite of all this, the election is now completed and the vote tally has been certified and sent to the Secretary of State. I commend the Pulaski County Election Commission and all involved in the election process including commission staff, election officials, poll workers and watchers and the Pulaski County Circuit and County Clerk and her staff. I’m proud to see the increased level of engagement in the election process by shattering our early voting, absentee and Election Day records.

It did get messy in the end. I was notified Thursday, November 12, 2020 that one box of ballots was mislabeled or misplaced resulting in 327 ballots mistakenly tabulated, 32 of which, were cast in House District 32. A lawsuit has been filed challenging the election.

Although the election is the responsibility of the election commission and carried out under their direction, the end result should be a fair, accurate and accessible process in which people can have confidence.

As County Judge, I am assembling an independent bipartisan group to conduct a top to bottom detailed review of this year’s election including the election process, training of the election commission staff and professional training available to election commissioners.

Pulaski County has had an impeccable election process for years and has been a model for other counties in Arkansas and I want to see that continue. Voting is one our most sacred rights, and must be valued and protected.

Barry Hyde
County Judge/CEO

Signed Statement

PCSSD in partnership with Youth Services Launch School-Based Teen Court System

Pulaski County Youth Services is honored to partner with Pulaski County Special School District in the implementation of the PCSSD Teen Court Model for Restorative Justice. PCSSD recently held its Orientation and Swearing-in Ceremony for the Teen Court Students from the four High Schools in the district.  PCSSD is the only district in the State of Arkansas to have a school-based Teen Court model where the students participate in the process as a class and receive class credit for their efforts.

“The Teen court program is a way for us to break the vicious cycle and focus on developing restorative justice policies,” County Judge Barry Hyde said. “It’s an opportunity for youth and adults to work together to ensure our students are provided with the necessary support and guidance they need to correct behaviors and develop healthy habits.”

Students and guests were welcomed by PCSSD Superintendent Dr. Charles McNulty and Dr. Sherman Whitfield, Director of PCSSD Pupil Services. Judge Mark Leverett, 6th District Court – 3rd Division and key partner in the PCSSD Teen Court process, performed the official “Swearing-in” Ceremony.

Also in attendance were PCYS Executive Director Jamie Scott; PCYS Staff Member and Arkansas State Teen Court Association President, Jimmy Warren; and PCSSD Assistant Superintendent for Equity and Pupil Services, Dr. Janice Warren.

Following the ceremony, PCYS staff passed out individual boxed lunches and provided the official Teen Court Shirts and “Mask-up for Justice” face coverings as a part of the state Juvenile Justice grant.  Moving forward, PCYS will serve an integral part in the PCSSD Teen Court process by providing leadership training, key speakers for the class and serving as a continued resource for the program.