Second-year student Tim Campbell has been sworn in to the Pulaski County Criminal Justice Coordinating Committee.
Founded in 2017, the PCCJCC features goals that include finding solutions and allocating resources to help individuals filtering in and out of jails and hospitals. The committee includes members with roles in all corners of the central Arkansas criminal-justice system. The group’s membership has included judges, mental-health professionals, attorneys, business leaders, and pastors.
County Judge Barry Hyde asked Campbell, who recently served as a member of Governor Asa Hutchinson’s Task Force to Advance the State of Law Enforcement in Arkansas, to serve a term spanning two to three years on the committee.
“My goal is to serve as a helping hand with evaluating national best practices within the criminal justice system and articulating live experiences from the local community to suggest better relations between citizens and the Pulaski County Government,” Campbell said.
“Lastly,” he added, “to make recommendations around early prevention and intervention programs.”
A Little Rock native, Campbell’s role in the Little Rock community was elevated in the summer of 2020 after he led peaceful protests throughout the city following the killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery.
His field service work at the Clinton School has reflected his passions and public service interests, which include racial equity, youth empowerment, and social justice.
Currently, for his final Capstone project, Campbell is partnering with the Arkansas Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission to raise awareness for Little Rock’s Historic Ninth Street District, once a prominent African American business district located in the city’s downtown area.
As part of his International Public Service Project, Campbell partnered with Phoenix Youth and Family Services – a social, economic, and community development organization based in Dumas, Ark. – to build a five-year strategic marketing plan for an organization that creates opportunities for many rural and impoverished residents.
During his first year at the Clinton School, Campbell worked with a team of students to partner with the Downtown Little Rock Community Development Corporation. The group assisted DLRDC in creating an inventory and map of community based-assets within Little Rock’s Pettaway neighborhood, a first step toward asset-based community development.
Set to earn his Master of Public Service in May, Campbell graduated from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff with a degree in health and wellness. After graduating from UAPB, he spent two-and-a-half years as a Peace Corps volunteer in The Gambia, where he was a health education facilitator and was responsible for building the capacity of rural communities to incorporate sustainable practices related to health and nutrition.
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