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The Eastern View
The Eastern District of Arkansas is one of three districts in the nation selected to work with the U.S. Probation and Pretrial Services Office (PPSO) and the Active Implementation Research Network (AIRN) to establish a District Implementation Team (DIT) to support continuous improvements in the implementation of evidence-based supervision practices (EBP). This supports the mission of the Eastern District of Arkansas to be an outcome-based learning organization.
On September 30, 2022, the U.S. Probation and Pretrial Services for the Eastern District of Arkansas participated in all-day wellness training with Derek Deprey. EDAR Wellness Team members had the chance to hear Mr. Deprey speak at the U.S. Probation and Pretrial Services National Wellness Conference in Atlanta, Georgia earlier in the year.
The U.S. Probation Office Eastern District Arkansas Interdisciplinary Working Group (IWG) was established in September 2022 to problem-solve issues reported in a staff survey. The IWG is comprised of representatives from all units of the organization. The IWG is committed to gathering feedback, brainstorming ideas, problem-solving, and implementing solutions in a timely manner. The IWG plans to implement 1-3 initiatives a month based on the survey results and other feedback received by staff. The IWG will continue to work towards our long-term goals to:
The Probation & Pretrial Services Office for the Eastern District of Arkansas (EDAR) is an outcome-based learning organization. But what does that mean exactly? We research and implement strategies with proven outcomes to benefit the court, community, and clients. Further, we track and examine outcomes and resources expended using tools such as the Decision Support System, a database maintained by the Administrative Office of the United States Courts. The probation office selects goals, areas of development, client programs, training, and learning curriculum based on continuous quality improvement in operations and outcomes. The national metrics reports compare pretrial and post-conviction persons under supervision at the local, circuit, and national levels.
In 1928, Arkansas Governor John Martineau was appointed as federal judge by U.S. President Calvin Coolidge. The appointment was recommended by then United States Secretary of Commerce, Herbert Hoover. Judge Martineau served as federal judge in the Eastern District of Arkansas (EDAR) until his death from influenza March 6, 1937.
In November 1930, Judge Martineau appointed Albert H. Reed, 50 years of age, as the first federal U.S. Probation Officer for the EDAR and appointed him Chief U.S. Probation Officer October 22, 1936.
The Eastern District of Arkansas (EDAR) Probation and Pretrial Service (PPTS) is committed to assisting returning citizens’ reintegration into the community. Reentry barriers are addressed to reduce anxiety and recidivism and to improve public safety.
EDAR PPTS Reentry Advisory Committee identifies and reduces reentry barriers by fostering community partnerships. Partnerships are tailored like pre-entry and reentry plans for individual clients, enabling them to become productive and law-abiding citizens. Several orientations are conducted geared toward each stage of supervision.
Treatment services continues to be an area of focus for the Eastern District of Arkansas (EDAR) Probation and Pretrial Services (PPTS) Office. Our district continues to work with local providers to ensure clients have access to substance abuse, mental health, cognitive behavioral, and sex offense specific treatment providers as part of their supervision. Providing treatment to specific needs is part of larger strategies aimed at giving every client the best chance at successfully completing their term of supervision.
Arkansas Department of Health Services (ADHS) held a toy drive for foster children in December 2019. U.S. Probation and Pretrial Services, Eastern District of Arkansas staff contributed along with other federal agencies. Donations consisted of toys, activity games, watches, gloves, back packs, athletic balls, and socks/gloves/hat sets to name a few.
The Resilience and Wellness Committee for the United State Probation and Pretrial Office, Eastern District of Arkansas is actively promoting the rejuvenation of exercise, hydration, and heart health. Several new initiatives have been implemented over the past few months, including the introduction of a new water bottle filling station/fountain in the Little Rock breakroom, monthly wellness reminder/challenge emails to staff, continued weekly guided yoga classes, standing work stations, and general encouragement to utilize existing resources such as the wellness room and the fitness center. Additionally, all staff have been encouraged to use fitness trackers and heart monitor applications that are standard features on most personal electronic devices, and the committee is in the process of developing a monthly, incentive-based wellness challenge for all staff.