Baxter County Sheriff's Office polls residents on marijuana convictions

BAXTER COUNTY, AR (KAIT) – A poll of residents in Baxter County indicated that many people believe a substantial number of inmates in state prison are being held on marijuana convictions, according to a news release from Baxter County Sheriff John Montgomery.

According to a release, less than one percent of all inmates are locked up on marijuana charges.

The sheriff's office conducted a poll, asking more than 1,000 people, "what percentage of people in Arkansas prisons are there because of being convicted of marijuana?" Of the respondents, 129 people chose the correct answer, Montgomery stated.

Montgomery issued the release due to questions that have come into his office about prison and jail overcrowding.

According to the Arkansas Department of Correction, there are 14,500 beds in state prisons, but 2,500 convicts are housed in county jails, waiting to be transferred to the state.

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