State Prisons Filling Up Again

AUGUST 30, 2004 - Posted at 7:21 a.m. CDT

PINE BLUFF, AR - The state's prisons are getting too full, again, and the state prison board plans a meeting today to do something about it.  The state Correction Board will hold a meeting by telephone conference call this morning to discuss invoking the Emergency Powers Act.

That state law allows the board to approve the early release of inmates who are within a year of their parole date.  Early release of some inmates frees up space needed for prisoners coming into the system.

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