Civil rights activists are speaking up on the mass incarceration rates in Arkansas.
The Arkansas Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights held a forum at the University of Arkansas School of Law.
It was aimed at gathering public testimony on the civil rights impact of mass incarceration.
A future study will compare incarceration rates in the state concerning the impact on race, disability status, national origin and sex.
“We’re hoping that this commission will step up and turn in some good recommendations for some new laws that will really do something for a real change. Not a change for a vote, but a change for the people,” said Brentt Tumey.
Last year the committee held a panel in Little Rock to discuss this topic and juvenile justice.