- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 27, 2017

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The Arkansas Board of Corrections has approved a new plan on where to send some parole and probation violators under a law passed this year.

The proposal was pushed through Monday by board chairman Benny Magness, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported (https://bit.ly/2tiBvFw ). He said it was developed with input from the Arkansas Community Correction and the Department of Corrections.

The Legislature passed a law this year that aims to divert certain offenders from prison in an attempt to reduce overcrowding. Offenders who violate probation or parole by failing a drug test or committing certain misdemeanor offenses will be sent to Community Correction Facilities for 45 to 180 days for supervision, however, the Board of Corrections has the final say on where violators will go.

Under the board’s plan, parole violators considered to be a “threat to the community” would be sent to prison and wouldn’t be eligible to participate in correction programs. An offender is considered a “threat” if they have a history of assaulting officers, attacking another inmate with a weapon or sexually assaulting another inmate. Under the plan, probation and parole violators with medical issues will be housed by the Department of Corrections.

Magness said more prison beds will need to be built due to house the growing inmate population. He and other prison officials have requested funding for more beds, but lawmakers denied those requests in the 2017 session.


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

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