AR DOC-Barbara Ester Unit

State Prison

Last Updated: February 29, 2024
7500 Corrections Cir, Pine Bluff, AR 71603

Barbara Ester Unit is for State Prison offenders sentenced anywhere from one year to life by the State Court in the county where the charges were filed

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Located at 7500 Corrections Cir in Pine Bluff, AR, Barbara Ester Unit carefully assigns inmates based on their custody level, considering factors like criminal history. Barbara Ester Unit offers diverse educational and vocational programs aimed at equipping offenders for successful reintegration into society and reducing recidivism. Through these initiatives, inmates gain skills and confidence, fostering personal growth and resilience.

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While incarcerated, reading is often the best use of time. Please note that books and magazines, puzzles, and word searches ordered for inmates must come directly from the publisher. This policy ensures that the items are new, untampered, and comply with the facility's regulations. Prisons and jails enforce this rule to prevent the introduction of contraband or prohibited materials. By restricting orders to publishers, the facility can better maintain security and control over the content entering the institution. Any books or magazines not received directly from the publisher will be rejected and not delivered to the inmate.

Barbara A. Ester Unit is a low-security correctional facility of the Arkansas Department of Correction (AR DOC) with a capacity of 580 prisoners. It is the first prison in the AR DOC dedicated to the re-entry of prisoners into society. In addition to prisoners being released within six months, it also houses prisoners incarcerated due to disobeying parole rules.

In December 2016, the AR DOC announced the transfer of about 175 prisoners from the Pulaski County Jail's Wrightsville Annex to the Ester Unit. The Wrightsville Annex held soon-to-be-released prisoners and parole violators, with the AR DOC citing insufficient funds to operate both facilities. Construction of the Ester Unit was slated to finish in late March 2017.

Operational programs at the Ester Unit include the Advanced Principles and Applications for Life (APAL) Program, GED Program/Shorter College, Preparing for Success, Substance Abuse, Think Legacy Program, Veterans Program, Vo-Tech Computer Program, and Workforce Alliance for Growth in the Economy (WAGE) Program.

Inmate programs at the facility include dedicated barracks for military veterans serving prison sentences, a General Education Development (GED) program, and the "Preparing for Success" program. The latter is a re-entry initiative utilizing the National Institute of Corrections Thinking for a Change (T4C) curriculum.

Inmate Locator

Barbara Ester Unit maintains a database of current inmates and their locations within the system. To locate an inmate, begin by using the DOC locator tool, which requires entering the first three letters of the inmate's first and last name, allowing for variations in spelling.

If unable to locate the desired information through free resources, users may opt to use the Arrest Record Search, which requires payment. While this option incurs a small fee, it provides access to the most up-to-date data available.

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Visitation Information

Visiting hours for Barbara Ester Unit are subject to change, so it's crucial to confirm them by contacting the facility directly by phone. Please reach out to 870-267-6240, on visitation procedures, applications, or directions to the facility in Pine Bluff. Please note that visitors will undergo a thorough search before entering the premises, and personal belongings, including cell phones, are strictly prohibited. Individuals under probation, parole, or community corrections supervision must obtain approval from their supervising officer and the superintendent before visiting, although such visits are not typically approved.

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