Arkansas has the fastest growing inmate population of any state nationwide, and it's forced the formation of a task force to propose reforms. Now that task force is asking for the policymaking powers of the General Assembly to achieve its aims.
Arkansas should move low-level offenders into community programs where data shows they are half as likely to re-offend, according to a consultant's report.
Board of Corrections chairman Benny Magness says the state has no choice.
“We have to do something, because we’re not going to be able to continue to build ourselves out of this. We have to continue to look at things. And we’ve been struggling with this for ten years, to find other ways to slow this population down.”