History & Goals
In 1993 the Arkansas Legislature passed the Community Punishment Act (548) establishing the Department of Community Punishment (DCP). The purpose of this act was to establish an agency to assume the responsibilities of management of all community punishment facilities and services, execute the orders of the criminal courts of the State of Arkansas and provide for the supervision, treatment, rehabilitation and restoration of adult offenders as useful law-abiding citizens within the community.
During the 83rd Session of the General Assembly, a bill was filed primarily to rename the Department of Community Punishment. The bill was signed by the Governor as Act 323 of 2001 changing the name of the agency to the Department of Community Correction (DCC) . This act also changed the Board of Correction and Community Punishment to the Board of Corrections (BOC).
In 2013, the Department of Community Correction became known as Arkansas Community Correction (ACC).
- To provide appropriate and effective supervision of offenders in the community
- To provide for the confinement, care, control and treatment of offenders sentenced to or confined in community correction centers in an adequate, safe and secure environment.
- To develop and implement sanctions, programs and services needed to function within the scope of the mission.
- To improve staff recruiting, retention and training efforts.
“To enhance public safety by enforcing state laws and court mandates through community partnerships and evidence-based programs that are cost efficient and hold offenders accountable while engaging them in opportunties to become law-abiding, productive citizens.”
"We place our priority on public safety while providing opportunities for positive change."