- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 16, 2015

NORFORK, Ark. (AP) - The Arkansas Board of Corrections has approved a strategic plan that incorporates both faith-based and community-based volunteers.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (https://bit.ly/1GcsmsA ) reports that the 2015-19 strategic plans for both the Correction and the Community Correction departments outline ways to increase volunteer participation to teach life skills, offer tutoring and other activities through the state’s facilities and programs.

The board said volunteer efforts are key to cutting costs while increasing services and reducing time served by inmates.

The plans were approved by the board Monday at a planning retreat and board meeting in Norfork.

The chief deputy director of the Community Correction Department said the smallest facility in the system has the largest volunteer base. He called it a great example of taking advantage of community resources.

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Information from: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, https://www.arkansasonline.com

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