Prison Board Considering Early Release of More Inmates

PINE BLUFF, AR - The state's prisons are getting too crowded again.  The Arkansas Board of Corrections has scheduled a meeting by teleconference today to vote on invoking the Emergency Powers Act.

That law, approved in 1998 and amended in 2003, allows prison officials to grant early release to inmates who are nearing the end of their sentences.  The law is used about every 90 days to free up space for inmates who are convicted but still in county jails awaiting space in a prison.

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