Bill Proposes to Send Violent Parolees Back for Original Prison Term

LITTLE ROCK, AR — A bill filed could have major implications for public safety and criminal justice. It would force parolees who commit violent felonies to go back to prison and serve the rest of their original sentence. Convicts in Arkansas serve on average about 44% of their sentenced term. When they get out, about 43% will be sent back to prison within three years. It’s what some refer to as the revolving door of the criminal justice system, something some prosecutors and lawmakers have long sought a fix for.

A bill filed by St. Sen. David Sanders, (R) Little Rock, would focus “on those people who rape, maim, kill and do so indiscriminately,” he said.

Sanders says he’s still working out details of the legislation, and it’s too early to tell how much it would cost the state, but, he believes the approach will reduce crime rates and their taxing effects on the criminal justice system. Governor Hutchinson has already laid out his public safety plan and how to pay for it. He and other lawmakers warned against further measures putting additional strain on an already overcrowded prison system. Senator Sanders could face some opposition within his own party as he tries to shepherd this bill through the legislature.

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