- Associated Press - Thursday, August 27, 2015

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The Arkansas Parole Board has adopted changes in which parole violators might not be automatically arrested for some violations.

The board announced Thursday that arrest warrants will be automatically issued for parole violators who are charged with a violent felony or sex-related crime or any crime involving use of a weapon. Arrest warrants will also be issued for parolees who evade supervision for 180 or more days.

Other requests for an arrest warrant will be reviewed by a parole board member as the board seeks to help reduce prison overcrowding.

The board also agreed to review more than 400 parole violators in county jails statewide. Those violators were arrested for technical violations - which are defined by the board as a violation that is not a new illegal activity.

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