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Group examines state prison system, makes recommendations

Group presents recommendations to state's prison system. (Source: KARK-TV) Group presents recommendations to state's prison system. (Source: KARK-TV)
State lawmakers listen to recommendations for the state's prison system (Source: KARK-TV) State lawmakers listen to recommendations for the state's prison system (Source: KARK-TV)
LITTLE ROCK, AR (KAIT) -

A shift in focus of the criminal justice system could save Arkansas millions of dollars, according to new research.

The non-profit group Council of State Governments examined the state’s criminal justice system.

According to KARK-TV, research manager Andy Barbee told lawmakers on Wednesday the state relies too heavily on prisons.

Barbee said his group's research found criminals placed on probation had the same likelihood to be re-arrested as those sent to prison and then released.

"I think it raises questions about our allocation of resources," State Senator Jeremy Hutchinson told KARK-TV.

The Council of State Governments recommended reducing the case load for overworked parole officers to keep better track of freed convicts.

However, not everyone agrees with the recommendations.

For more information, including one prosecutor’s take on the research, click here.  

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