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Arkansas Act 570
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There is a new act coming in effect July of 2011 for Arkansas inmates called Act 570. This act to my understanding could lead to early release for some inmates. This is all I know. Does anyone know what it is about and who it would or could effect?
Posted on 06/19/11, 04:50 pm
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Reply #1 - 06/26/11  10:37pm
" Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 1Share

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OP-ED: STATE LEGISLATOR CAUTIONS ON SENTENCING REFORMS


Editor's Note: The following guest op-ed is written by State Rep. David J. Sanders (R-Little Rock). Sanders was a vocal critic of the recently passed prison reform bill adopted by the 88th General Assembly. He can be reached by e-mail at davidjamessanders@gmail.com.


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One of the listed accomplishments of the 88th General Assembly is the passage of prison reform legislation, but I fear, no matter how well intended, the law will exacerbate a major weakness in the state’s criminal justice system: parole.


Ill-equipped and undermanned, Arkansas’ parole system has enabled violent criminals to return to the streets, often unabated, where they continue to commit violent crimes.

A small working group of state officials and the Pew Center on the States developed comprehensive prison reform legislation, now Act 570, to flatten the eversteepening cost curve associated with incarcerating criminals in our state prisons. The law relaxes sentences and sanctions for socalled low-level, nonviolent drug offenders. Instead of locking them up, the state would move more of these criminals out of prison beds, placing them on parole

THIS IS ALL I COULD FIND ! LET ME KNOW IF YOU FIND OUT MORE. MY HUSBAND IS IN FOR A BATTERY 1 CHARGE. WISH THEY WOULD LET HIM OUT EARLY!!! EVEN IF ITS ON AN ANKLE MONITOR. "
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Reply #2 - 06/27/11  3:41pm
" wooow good luck keep us posted!!!! this could be a real big step for all of us. "
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Reply #3 - 06/27/11  4:49pm
" my husband is in for a first offense its Battery 1 tho, so prob wont affect me but i hope they do something to help these first timers. "

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