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Youth detention is not always the answer
April 11th 2014

Youth detention must be utilized carefully to make sure low-level, non-violent youthful offenders do not move deeper into the criminal justice system. A new report by Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families says juvenile detention - the short-term involuntary holding of juveniles - is often the gateway to longer-term incarceration and must be used thoughtfully.   According...

Children of color facing barriers to success in Arkansas
April 4th 2014

A new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation shows Arkansas has a lot of ground to cover to ensure that all kids - especially children of color - are positioned to thrive. Race for Results: Building a Path to Opportunity for All Children, shows how children are progressing on key issues across racial and ethnic groups...

Only 20 days left to enroll in Health Marketplace
March 12th 2014

Arkansans without health insurance should check this out -- health insurance may be more affordable than you think. Arkansas Surgeon General, Dr. Joe Thompson, provides information about how Arkansans can sign up for health insurance either through the Health Care Independence Program, also called the Private Option, or through the new Health Insurance Marketplace.

Inequality in Arkansas needs a tune up!
March 11th 2014

AACF has released a new infographic to help visualize the growing disparity between the wealthiest Arkansans and those at the bottom of the economic ladder. "Our state's current economic policies clearly benefit the very top of the income scale while doing very little for every other Arkansas family," said Rich Huddleston, Executive Director at AACF. "Arkansas...

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We can fight unemployment in Arkansas
High unemployment threatens our economic well-being and the ability of working families to not only make ends meet but to thrive and...

Youth detention should be limited
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Why quality teachers matter
The Office of Civil Rights (OCR) of the U.S. Department of Education reports that students of color experience more suspensions, poorer quality...

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