Drug Felons Could Avoid Prison

February 4, 2003
Posted at: 4:20 p.m. CST

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Those convicted of certain drug felonies could be sent to community correction centers rather than prison under a bill sent forward Tuesday by a House committee.

The legislation is by House member Michael Lamoureux of Dover. It would give prosecutors and judges the option of sending those convicted of Class A or B drug felonies to community correction centers.

Now, only those convicted of less serious C and D drug felonies qualify. Lamoureux says the change could help those who really need drug treatment more than time in jail and ease the overcrowding in state prisons.

With the House Judiciary Committee's approval, the measure moves to the House floor.

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