- Associated Press - Monday, February 29, 2016

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Law enforcement groups are levying criticism at the state Board of Corrections for their regular early release of parole-approved inmates.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (https://bit.ly/1nbmH3F ) reports that the board orders early releases every 90 days as a way to regulate prison populations, a power granted to them nearly three decades ago by the state’s Emergency Powers Act. The state has approved the early release of more than 24,000 state inmates between 2004 and 2014.

However, the Arkansas Sheriffs’ Association argues the early release eligibility requirements are too lax, with repeat offenders often burdening county jails. According to state figures, 45 percent of all parolees released between 2004 and 2014 violated parole terms and were sent back to prison.

The association is currently exploring the issue for possible solutions.

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Information from: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, https://www.arkansasonline.com

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