Arkansas Prison Director Faces Tough Questions at Capitol

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KARK) -- The director of the Arkansas Department of Correction (ADC) was back in the hot seat at the State Capitol on Wednesday.

State lawmakers grilled Wendy Kelley for nearly two hours after violent incidents at some of the ADC's maximum security units over the last several months.

The Arkansas State Police released some of the numbers for those incidents.

So far this year, they've opened investigations into 42 deaths, 16 inmate assaults and 28 inmate on correction staff assaults, as well as 28 contraband cases.

Director Kelley brought up to the committee exploring the idea of the state appointing a special prosecutor to handle criminal cases that occur inside ADC walls instead of local prosecutors tackling those cases.

State Sen. Joyce Elliott (D-Little Rock) said at the end of the meeting that she still doesn't understand exactly why violence is sparking inside the prisons.


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