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Mansfield Juvenile Treatment Center

Mansfield Juvenile Treatment Center

Aerial view of facility

This serious offender program opened in 1994 on what used to be a youth home called Johnny Cake Ranch. Sponsored by John and Jan Martin in 1968 as a child study center, the program ended in 1975 due to lack of grant funding. In 1998, the Division purchased the 236-acre property nestled at the base of the famous Poteau Mountains. The rustic buildings include several two-story structures presently being used as the offender residential quarters and education classrooms, as well as a number of large houses located on the lakefront.

The program at this facility utilizes certain aspects of military dress and discipline to reinforce a comprehensive education and vocational regimen. Both male and female offenders are taught the basics of self-discipline, self-respect, motivation, and a host of other building blocks to becoming a successful adolescent and young adult. These juveniles also participate in a variety of community projects and learn the value of making contributions to the community.


This site will become a primary focus as the Division expands its services and capabilities, creating new programs in an environment that is most conducive to helping young juveniles gain a healthy perspective about their lives and promoting opportunity for improvement.  The site is located in Sebastian County.


In 2011, the original rustic buildings were replaced with a modern, green constructed, highly energy efficient treatment complex. The complex includes six dorms and an education/multi-purpose building with a kitchen and dining area. The program at this facility utilizes certain aspects of military dress and discipline to reinforce a comprehensive education and vocational regimen. Both male and female offenders are taught the basics of self-discipline, self-respect, motivation and a host of other building blocks to becoming a successful adolescent and young adult. These youths also participate in a variety of community projects and learn the value of making contributions to the community.

Mansfield Juvenile Treatment Center
PO Box 487
36 Johnny Cake Road
Mansfield, AR 72944-0487
Phone: (479) 269-8000