Prison Overcrowding: Arkansas

Below is a summary of information including: statistics from Arkansas’ Department of Corrections, an overview of the state’s prison overcrowding dilemma, as well as helpful references and points of contact for those interested in resolving the problem.

Facts and Figures 2008-2009

DOC Costs

  • Annual budget: $295,349,429
  • Federal grant amount received: $981,068
  • Care and custody operating expenditures: $272,844,471
  • Average annual cost per inmate: $20,852

DOC Staff and Population

  • Total department active personnel: 3,766
  • Total number of facilities: 20
  • Total incarcerated under DOC jurisdiction: 14,950
  • Average sentence: 8 years
  • Average sentence served: 2 years

Organization of state divisions, view here.


  • Budget: $1,719,570
  • Population: 20,080

Overcrowding Quick Facts

In comparison to other states, Arkansas ranked 15th in prison population growth and 10th in percentage of total general fund expenditure.

Points of Contact

Arkansas Department of Correction
P.O. Box 8707
Pine Bluff, AR 71611-8707
Phone: 870-267-6999

Organization of DOC Executive Staff, view here.

News and Media

  • The escape of two convicted killers and a prison overcrowding situation plague Arkansas, read more.

Helpful Links

Arkansas Department of Corrections

 See also:

Prison Overcrowding Arizona