Garland Co. program works to keep those getting out of incarceration, stay out

HOT SPRINGS, Ark – Mental health professionals at the Ouachita Behavioral & Wellness Center are working to help those coming out of incarnation, stay out.

Arkansas has a 47 percent recidivism rate, meaning 47 percent of offenders who get out of jail, wind up back behind bars.

In Garland County, that number is closer to 51 percent and becomes even higher when inmates are battling substance abuse or mental illness.

The Ouachita Behavioral & Wellness Center recently received a $1.2 million grant for a new program geared toward curbing some of those numbers.