- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 13, 2015

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - New Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson says that while it is apparent the state needs a new prison, he’d also like to see changes in the parole system so exiting prisoners aren’t on a path back to jail.

In an address to members of the Legislature and the state Supreme Court on Tuesday, the governor said he wants to see a change in the behavior of people coming out of prison.

He said that, to accomplish that, the state will need more prison space, but also a new parole system. Hutchinson said Arkansas needs to a “re-entry” program for inmates who are leaving prison and hoping to land a job.

Hutchinson delivered remarks briefly to the lawmakers in advance of a public address set for Tuesday afternoon on the Capitol steps.

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