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The North Central Unit is a prison located in Calico Rock, Arkansas. It is managed by the Arkansas Department of Corrections.

North Central Unit
Managed byArkansas Department of Correction
Location of Calico Rock in Izard County, and Izard County in Arkansas


The North Central Unit, sometimes known as the Calico Rock Prison, was founded as a way to bring jobs to the area and to build a prison facility in the northern part of the state.[1] At the time of its founding, local residents protested against the facility being built.[1]

In 2010, the prison expanded to house an additional 100 beds.[2]


  1. ^ a b Bratton, Joanne (April 1, 2010). "Prison observes 20th anniversary". Baxter Bulletin.
  2. ^ Bratton, Joanne (January 15, 2010). "State board approves Calico Rock prison expansion". Baxter Bulletin.

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