Maximum Security Unit

The Maximum Security Unit is an Arkansas Department of Correction prison located in Tucker, Arkansas. The facility opened in 1983 and has a capacity of 532. This unit for male offenders houses violent inmates who are serving long-term or life sentences.

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Visiting Hours and Rules

Visiting hours at the Maximum Security Unit are generally on Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 4:00 p.m. However, because this is a maximum security facility, you should contact the prison directly to get specific visit days and times before visiting your friend or loved one who is incarcerated at this unit.

Each inmate can have no more than four visitors during a visit, including children. However, the spouse of an inmate and all children, regardless of the number, may visit at one time.

How To Get On The Approved Visit List

If you would like to visit an inmate at Maximum Security Unit, you need to start the process by asking your incarcerated friend or loved one to mail you a visit application. Once you receive it, fill it out completely and mail it to the Maximum Security Unit Visitation Clerk at the address provided on the form. Do not mail it back to the inmate.

All visiting applications are processed, reviewed, and either approved or denied by the Warden. The screening process takes at least a week, and when the ADC reviews your application they run a criminal history check.

It is the inmate’s responsibility to let you know if you have been approved or denied.

General Visit Rules

Visitation privileges for inmates are essential to maintaining good morale, sustaining family life and ensuring relationships in the community upon release. However, there are a lot of rules when it comes to visiting an inmate, and many of them you need to know ahead of time.

One of the most important things to remember is that everyone over the age of 12 needs to bring a photo ID, and all children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an approved adult visitor.

The only things you are allowed to bring into the visiting room are:

  • A clear plastic bag containing a small amount of cash for buying drinks and snacks
  • Prescription medication in the visitor’s name and in original pharmacy container
  • Photo ID
  • Baby bottles, baby diapers, and diaper wipes
  • Car keys
  • jewelry (being worn)

The dress code for visitors is extremely conservative. You must wear modest clothing or else your visit will be denied.

You can’t wear halter-tops, tank tops, hats, shorts, mini-skirts/dresses, see-through clothing, leggings, jeggings, or camouflage. No sleeveless tops are allowed because shoulders must be covered at all times.

Children ten and under are allowed to wear shorts of an appropriate length.

Before you enter the visiting area you will walk through a metal detector, and it is possible you will be pat searched. If you refuse, you will not be allowed to visit.

Be aware that the Maximum Security Unit randomly drug tests visitors with an Ion Scanner, and a positive scan can lead to a search of you and your vehicle.

Do not bring in cell phones or other electronic devices.

Any visitor unable to successfully clear all entrance procedures will be denied entry and may have their visitation privileges suspended.

Physical Address

Maximum Security Unit
2501 State Farm Rd.
Tucker, AR 72168-8713

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Inmate Mailing Address(es)

Inmate’s Name and ADC Number
Maximum Security Unit
2501 State Farm Rd.
Tucker, AR 72168-8713

You can only send letters to this address. If you want to send books, magazines, newspapers, or catalogs, they must be mailed directly from the publisher or vendor website like Amazon.

In order to reduce contraband in Maximum Security Unit, the staff makes photocopies all inmate mail instead of giving them your actual letter. Inmates will receive two sheets of copy paper, which will include a copy of the envelope and three pieces of correspondence.

Since they only make black and white copies, be sure use dark ink only (black or blue ink).

You can’t mail food or care packages to an inmate. However, Arkansas is part of the Inmate Package Program where you can buy up to $100 of goods through participating vendors at different times throughout the year.

You can also send email and photos through, but you will need to open an account with them first before sending any correspondence.

All snail mail and email is subject to review by the facility staff prior to delivery, so make sure your content is appropriate.

How to Call an Inmate

How to Send Money

One of the best things you can do to support your loved one who is behind bars is to send them some money. Prisoners do not have the opportunity to earn much cash, even though they are usually required to work a full-time job.


The fastest way to send money to an inmate at the Maximum Security Unit is to use the ONLINE INMATE DEPOSIT SERVICE through the Arkansas Department of Corrections. You must have a credit or debit card and this method does have a processing fee. Prepaid cards and payroll cards are not accepted.

US Mail

If you prefer snail mail, there are a couple of things to remember.

  • Only send money orders
  • Don’t send cash or a check
  • Don’t mail it directly to the prisoner
  • Always include a Money Order Deposit Slip
  • Mail your money order to:

Arkansas Department of Correction:
Trust Fund Centralized Banking
P.O. Box 8908
Pine Bluff, AR 71611

Money orders should be made payable to the inmate’s name and you must include their ADC number.


You can also send money to an inmate by calling 1-866-250-7697. You will need a credit or debit card for this method, and there is a small processing fee.

​Programs For ​Inmates

  • GED Program

GED classes are offered at Maximum Security Unit and the Board of Correction mandates attendance for all inmates without a GED or high school diploma unless they are unable to participate due to health reasons.

  • Paws in Prison

Selected inmates have the opportunity to become trainers of rescue dogs in the Paws in Prison program. Inmate trainers work with the dogs on proper socialization and basic obedience skills in order to improve their chances of adoption.

Eligibility requirements for inmate trainers are based, in part, on interest, training, attitude, length of sentence, criminal history (at a minimum no convictions for animal cruelty or abuse), institutional behavior/adjustment, and the inmate’s overall ability to assist in the care and training of a dog.

  • Think Legacy Program

The Think Legacy Program is a voluntary program that inmates can sign up for when they are 6 to 18 months from their release date.

The program focuses on Employment Readiness, Community Resources, Social Skill Readiness, Mentoring, Cognitive Behavior Awareness through “Thinking for a Change,” Victim Impact, Budgeting, Life Skills, Healthy Relationships, and Family Reunification.

  • Agriculture

Allows inmates to be trained in work habits and allows them to develop marketable skills in the areas of: Field Crops and Vegetable Garden.

  • Vo-Tech

Job skills training programs developed and managed by Riverside Vo-Tech and funded through the Department of Workforce Education.

  • Faith-Based Principles and Applications for Life (PAL) Program

The PAL Program (Principles and Applications for Life) includes worship services, religious materials, and counseling services. It also covers Principles for Daily Living, Character Qualities, Commands to Live By, and Uprooting Anger.

This program is designed to help inmates with approaching everyday decisions and life, financial affairs, becoming a leader/servant in their home, community, church, parenting, etc.

  • UNITY Anti-Gang Program

U.N.I.T.Y., which stands for yoU aNd I helping Teen Youth, is an inmate-supported intervention program. A maximum of 20 inmates at Maximum Security can participate in the program at any given time.

The program seeks to encourage inmates to take responsibility for their actions and break their lifestyle of gang affiliation. After the inmates make this transition, they become role models to other inmates as well as to juveniles involved in a lifestyle of gang affiliation.

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Careers at Maximum Security Unit

If you are interested in pursuing a career with the Arkansas Department of Corrections, you can find available positions at the Maximum Security Unit by visiting their website.