Arkansas Prison Inmate Program

Efforts are underway to start a program that would help Arkansas prison inmates transition to the real world just before they are released, even if there isn't funding for the project.

The state is looking to bring in a 3rd party service to run the program.

Max Mobley, Deputy Director of the Arkansas Board of Correction, submitted a proposal to the board during yesterday's meeting for the preparation and mentoring program.

However, Mobley's proposal included a requirement that applicants have their own funding and noted that the department has no resources for the program, other than space and the inmates.

It is the first time a program has been proposed without any funding.

Any program that applies to provide the services would have to prove to the state that it has been successful before and is able to handle about 250 prisoners.