Monday marks a year and a half since Governor Asa Hutchinson took office, and while the Governor can certainly claim some accomplishments but there’s also been no shortage of criticism and even he admits there’s much more work to be done.
On prison reform, Hutchinson followed through on a promise to ease the backlog of state inmates in county jails.
But prison roles are expected to continue to swell over the next ten years and tough decisions remain. In some ways, its a microcosm of how Hutchinson sees his first 18 months in office.
“What we’ve done is a success story but we have more challenges in the future,” he said.
Hutchinson reviewed the private option once in office and decided to keep the program He says continuing the program makes sense for the state now, but he’ll continue to reassess as his term continues.